Virtual QWERTY Keyboards to be used with Fingers...

"Marco Trevisan (Treviño)" mail at
Sat Feb 23 22:49:23 CET 2008

I'm really excited waiting for the Freerunner to be available to the 
public, so I'm looking around searching the resources I'll need more.

I think that one of the most important thing when it comes to the daily 
phone use, is the virtual input device that imho it should be completely 
usable with *fingers* (the stilus isn't portable!) giving the users the 
same confort that the key-based devices give.

To get the best usability and speed while writing I do think that is 
needed a QWERTY style keyboard (If you've ever tried a blackberry you'd 
know what I mean).
Actually there are two alternatives: the QTopia predictive keyboard [1] 
that works quite well if used with a good dictionary (also if it should 
be improved for writing new words), and the iphone-like virtual keyboard 
  [2] that is already available for N800 and that should be easily 
portable to Openmoko too.

Any other? If there are some others I don't know them, but the solutions 
I've tried using the Openmoko GUI with qemu aren't so good imho.
I think that some virtual qwerty keyboards should be developed also 
considering that Openmoko supports the landscape view (not using 
accelerometers yet, but it does it!) and that mode could/should be used 
for writing, so we could use more space to put keys in!



PS: I've cross-posted this message, I hope it won't be a problem.

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