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Singular behavior (IMHO) of portrait/landscape UI orientation [duplicate]

asked 2018-01-19 15:01:00 +0300

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updated 2018-01-19 15:04:49 +0300

I was a little puzzled when I discovered during the past few days that the screen orientation on my SFOSX shows the following in my eyes a somewhat singular behavior:

I have configured the screen orientation to dynamic. Normally, however, home, apps and notification screen remain rigidly locked to portrait, regardless of the above mentioned configuration setting and the effective orientation of the device. Now I was surprised to find out, that when I switch directly from an application providing landscape support to the apps screen, e.g. e-mail client, the apps screen is displayed horizontally/landscape. Even the home screen with it's status bar is initially shown in a transitional phase horizontally (although not adjusting the current running minimized apps accordingly), before it finally switches to the portrait mode. Despite these observations, I have never seen the notification screen in a landscape version.

Is this IMHO inconsistent behavior a bug, a per design/usability guidelines deliberately chosen UI behavior or a work in progress area for upcoming releases?

I am also somewhat surprised that relatively simple, but significant native applications, such as the clock, apparently do not support landscape mode.

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The question has been closed for the following reason "duplicate question" by JMLatJolla
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This is true and I noted it here on TJC years ago.

Giacomo Di Giacomo ( 2018-01-19 15:13:08 +0300 )edit

It has always been so. To me it feels OK...

juiceme ( 2018-01-19 15:44:09 +0300 )edit

Oh, I see, @Giacomo Di Giacomo, Jul 6'16 and little or nothing has happened in the meantime. Well, it's not exactly killing me, but it's very messy, because it's just not consistent: I had resigned myself to the fact that there was no landscape support for these screens - basta. Not really understandable for me, but acceptable and certainly suitable to be submitted as enhancement request latter on. But that the landscape support is obviously available, but only accessible under certain conditions that aren't transparent to the user, is anything but clean. Shouldn't we turn this better into a bug report?

JMLatJolla ( 2018-01-19 16:23:36 +0300 )edit

Certainly, your opinion is definitely as acceptable and valid as any other, @juiceme, but the argument that it has always been that way sounds usually not very convincing to me... :)
I don't think it's a clean implementation, really: either that functionality is available or not, but not depending on the access mode, and also previewing one thing and switching then to another is surprising - this approach leads IMHO unnecessarily to doubts and confusion... Hey, it‘s a real life report, really, that happen to me as a relatively fresh SFOS user just now...

JMLatJolla ( 2018-01-19 16:37:30 +0300 )edit

Never mind. You will learn worse things about SFOS - and still love it. ;)

lakutalo ( 2018-01-19 22:02:20 +0300 )edit

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answered 2018-01-20 19:07:54 +0300

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First of all: Due to the comments, I plunged more deeply and extensively on this subject over the past two hours, and of course: my question here is everything else than unique :-! The search engine works miracles - but with 303 questions related to ' landscape', 266 to 'orientation', 194 to 'rotation' and 170 to 'portrait', the whole thing is anything but straightforward. Searching by tags is a bit more accurate and efficient.

Personal issue mitigation approach: There are two related patches in Openrepos, which address this (IMHO) inconsistent UI behavior holistically:

There are also a good sorted bunch of patches addressing this topic from an application centric point of view.

However, since I like to have control over changes made with regard to the genuine version, I made the adjustments manually in the corresponding QML file.

Final remark before closing my question: Nevertheless, I still think that the UI behavior (without patch) is not really consistent, and that's a pity. I have noticed, as it has been mentioned several times in other TJC contributions, that not all applications and screens are adapted to fit well on portrait as well as on landscape mode, but I prefer that the behavior of the device is identical all the time and then I can decide whether the orientation fits or not and rotate the device accordingly, rather than that the device dictates me rigidly the alignment on an application-specific basis. What I don't like even more is when I get the APP launcher screen usually only in portrait - unless I switch to it directly from a landscape running application... this is anything but a clean and transparent UI behavior IMHO.
Reading the comments on TJC on that subject, my assumption is that this is still an active work-in-progress task managed by Jolla, and as there are working workarounds available, I close this question as redundant/duplicate. Thanks for your comments here.

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