Bugzilla Bug 591 - dialing from contacts needs to be possible without stylus

Florian Klien florian at klien.cx
Thu Jul 12 16:23:06 CEST 2007

hello everyone,

On 12.07.2007, at 15:53, Mohammed Musallam wrote:
> I believe the dialer app should be a finger-app as well as the  
> contacts app. A two page approach (ala iPhone) would be a better  
> implementation of the contacts app which will give us more screen  
> real estate for our large fingers.
> as much as I hate to say, Apple do better homework than others when  
> it comes to display layout.
> OpenMoko's implementations could be similar but differs in one  
> respect:
> a double tap would initiate a call to default number (or the only  
> number present), which to my knowledge isn't present on the iPhone.
> The single tap would remain to switch the view to second page  
> (which displays all of contact's details).
> what do you guys think?

i would agree with you on the two page approach.

the double tap stands for a firm decision the user makes. he is sure  
he wants to call the number. because that is what he normally does  
when it comes to phone numbers.
and here comes the point i want to lay my eyes on.

who decides what is done on a double tap? let the user decide that.  
let the user edit a settings menu what he normally does with phone  
numbers that come up on the phone anywhere (in the phone book, on  
websites...) call them, send a text message, add them to the address  
book, or whatever it is that comes in the future you can do with  
phone numbers (maybe locate them somewhere with triangulation). let  
the user decide. the default setting should be "calling the number" i  
think, that is what most people would do on a phone :)

the single tap is a rather undecided move. it stands for "tell me  
what i can do with that". here you should bring um the second page  
which lets you decide to send a message, to call, to save it, to add  
it to an existing contact (for websites...) or do something else.


> >On Fri, 15 Jun 2007 10:46:06 -0300
> >Werner Almesberger <werner at openmoko.org> wrote:
> >
> >> Thomas Wood wrote:
> >> > making calls at all. We could add an icon or button next to each
> >> > "telephone" entry in the details pane to launch the dialer.
> >> >
> >> > Does anyone have any thoughts about where or how to implement a
> >> > "finger" version of this feature?
> >>
> >> As a start, maybe make the whole number a button ?
> >>
> >> One tap could highlight the number and bring up buttons
> >> (large and somewhere where they don't conflict with
> >> anything else), for choosing what to do with it, i.e.,
> >> make a call or send an SMS.
> >
> >
> >Sounds good, although obviously it would be a feature only present in
> >"view" mode (as opposed to "edit"). A drop down menu with "Call" and
> >"Send Message" would probably be sufficient.
> >
> >Regards,
> >
> >Thomas
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Florian Klien
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Programming' and 'Software Development Practical Exercises'
at Graz university of technology.
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