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One handed mode for keyboard

asked 2019-06-20 19:43:32 +0300

daneos gravatar image

updated 2019-06-20 22:32:44 +0300

There should be something like one-handed mode for the keyboard.
This would be very useful on large devices such as XA2 Plus or Ultra, since now, because there is no Swype support, entering text requires two hands.
Here's a screenshot of an Android device with such a feature to illustrate what I mean: One handed keyboard on Huawei P8
The arrow button is used to switch the side the keyboard is displayed on.

It seems to be relatively easy to implement, I'm trying to patch the keyboard to add this, but as for now the Sailfish keyboard is just a bunch of QML files for me that I don't understand :)
It would be very nice to have it out of the box and with proper configuration in settings.

Note that this is relevant only for portrait mode, since in the landscape I would assume using both hands, and the split keyboard is doing a pretty good job.

Just as additional comment, this could also enable OKBoard to be used on screens larger than 5", since the keyboard would not be rendered using full screen width, but I'm not sure about that.

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...and I personally have the reverse problem:

I have giant hands and with XA2 Plus I finally have a device large enough, so I can cram my fingers on it :-P (It didn't even run through my mind that some people won't be able to type single-handed any more).

DrYak ( 2019-06-21 11:13:06 +0300 )edit

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answered 2019-06-20 22:46:48 +0300

Kopekenscheich gravatar image

Ease keyboard from open repos is worth trying!

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There's also LooPen keyboard, similar approach.

Pohli ( 2019-06-21 00:29:27 +0300 )edit

I actually tried to use both, but honestly, I'm the most comfortable with a standard QWERTY keyboard. Moreover neither Ease nor LooPen has a Swedish layout, sadly.

daneos ( 2019-06-21 04:16:27 +0300 )edit
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