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Subject: Re: Improve the usability of the text editor

Re: Improve the usability of the text editor

From: Dominik Riebeling <>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:58:57 +0100

Assuming you're talking about the virtual keyboard,

On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 10:12 PM, Johannes <> wrote:
> The text_editor's control should be similar to the calculator:
> - use the whole screen (no tiny font)

what's the problem with the font? Using the user font is a good idea,
but I disagree that a tiny font doesn't make sense. On targets with
small screens it does make perfectly sense to use a small font, and
I'd expect the virtual keyboard to not use anything else than sysfont
or user font. Especially not drawing huge boxes around the characters.

> - support for touchscreen (raster map)

The characters are already laid out in a grid. This might not work as
expected with a proportional user font, but I haven't checked. If
that's the case it needs to get fixed.

> - separate characters into categories

Huh? At least on my (default) layout they are logically grouped.
Besides, you can load your own virtual keyboard layout.

> is completely unsuitable for those alphabets. I suggest to support just
> Latin alphabet and special character, because it makes things easier and it
> is the most widely used alphabetic writing system.

Then we could remote RTL support completely ... or support for
languages that use non-latin characters, right?

Something I'm missing for the virtual keyboard:
- display the entry line multi-lined if enough space is around.
Entering / changing long paths is quite painful if you can only see a
small fraction. Happens especially on small screens ...
- Display multiple input character "pages" below each other if there
is enough space. On several targets there's more than half of the
screen unused, and instead of switching between pages with input
characters they can be put above each other. Capital and small letters
are the ones I'd like to have there almost every time I use the
virtual keyboard -- on my mini I have to switch pages which is
somewhat annoying.

 - Dominik
Received on 2009-12-22

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