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Add navigation keys to keyboard

asked 2013-12-25 22:25:13 +0300

Joyce gravatar image

I have difficulty placing my cursor on the right spot in the middle of a word or sentence. I need an easy way to navigate through a word or sentence. Either by adding navigation keys to the keyboard or something like the magnifier in IOS or moving cursor in WP.

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There is a magnifying effect already but it is not used in every application yet (e.g. the browser does not use it in textfields on websites (qmlmozweb limitation I guess) but notes does).

leszek ( 2013-12-25 23:12:29 +0300 )edit

Teaser: I was able to add navigation (left and right) to the keypad, but it is too space consuming at the moment... If I figure out how to make it smaller, you'll have your keys :-)

CsTom ( 2013-12-26 02:02:55 +0300 )edit

I got here determined to post a new question about this. It is extremely difficult at this moment to move the cursor for editing already written text. Any of the currently proposed solutions (navigation arrows, zoom in or gesture over keys) would be infinitely better. Looking forward for an update related to this.

Drekkarian ( 2014-01-08 01:34:57 +0300 )edit

Yes, please add a row of arrow keys to the keyboard for this. The Jolla keyboard isn't as bad as others in placing the cursor correctly, but arrows definitely wanted...

btw I can't imagine this hasn't come up before, so it might be good to search for that and amalgamate the threads.

bilgy_no1 ( 2014-04-09 22:01:00 +0300 )edit

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answered 2013-12-25 22:51:07 +0300

qwazix gravatar image

There is another idea that I have seen since that article was written. The default keyboard of the Galaxy Note II works as a touchpad. When you drag your finger over the letters the cursor moves accordingly. This is very useful and takea up no additional space.

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Actually, this is how it is now implemented. Just click on the text, so the cursor appears roughly where you want it, then you can drag it left or right to the desired position.

So I think this can be seen as fixed. ;)

berniyh ( 2014-08-19 00:11:24 +0300 )edit

No, not that. On the samsung, dragging your finger over the keyboard, not over the text, acts as a navigator for the cursor. This allows for far greater accuracy, plus you don't cover your target with your finger

qwazix ( 2014-10-11 13:42:52 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-04-09 14:32:39 +0300

tvicol gravatar image

updated 2014-04-09 14:33:31 +0300

The virtual keyboard in N8 had two arrows for navigation on the left and right of space-bar. I found this very user friendly compared with Android and IOS. I wonder if this can be implemented on SailfishOS, or will broke some Nokia licenses ?


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answered 2013-12-25 22:27:59 +0300

updated 2013-12-25 22:28:29 +0300

A good article on this was done by sandy_locke : http://play.qwazix.com/grog/?p=626 - WebOS community edition one was quite interesting.

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Wow that is a fast response! :-) Interesting indeed!

Joyce ( 2013-12-25 22:34:00 +0300 )edit

strike that, I had seen the original version

qwazix ( 2013-12-25 22:48:04 +0300 )edit

The solution need to be simple and efficient. What Sandy_Locke propose is far from what I expect. N8 keyboard is very efficient and simple to use. Nothing more, nothing less.

tvicol ( 2014-04-09 16:08:35 +0300 )edit

answered 2013-12-26 01:21:49 +0300

I don't know that this is a good idea, and the solution proposed by Sandy_Locke that was linked above works for techies, but not for folks who just want to move text around. Asking people to keep their hands on a virtual keypad is a step backwards IMO. And the implementation BlackBerry has done is closer to (many) user expectations, with the incentive that it teaches itself.

Zooming the area a person wants to edit works... but that's only because formatting controls need to be the same size as read text, while in-editing-text needs to be larger. Perhaps we are asking the wrong question.. we want to edit text after its been created, styled after its created... why is the text area static. Why isn't it like SVG maps... tapping to zoom into it (for editing or otherwise) making regular-sized editing controls, but not disrupting the integrity of the text window?

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