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[Design, minor]: Better identification of keyboard switch for special signs! [released]

asked 2015-01-10 00:37:49 +0300

M.Bln. gravatar image

updated 2015-06-03 14:30:00 +0300

molan gravatar image

I like to have a better identification of switches (vs. keys) in keyboard layout. Regarding my already answered question here ( I simply didn't identify the sign ("½") as switch, I thought its a one-half sign. Even more the double arrow (keyboard layout in WLAN key input) indicates the same meaning "more keys" (but it's "enter"). So please make it more intuitive understandable with a greyish background for switch and an "enter-sign" like in normal keyboard layout.


Edit: changed the sentence order slightly, added that question is "already answered" and have made suggestion for normal keyboard layout with background "greyish"

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The question has been closed for the following reason "released in a software update" by kimmoli
close date 2015-04-21 06:53:06.897184


I have to agree with you that the "1/2" switch is quite unclear if you're new to the OS. It probably should have the same highlight as the "space" key and the "?123/ ABC" key, for example.

On the other hand, your question addresses two separate issues: special sign selection and WLAN key input, so this should perhaps be split into two posts for the community to be able to vote on the individual topics.

Kayakist ( 2015-01-10 02:01:18 +0300 )edit

@Kayakist: the WLAN key input is answered. So this link is only for reference reason. I edited my question to make that more clear.

M.Bln. ( 2015-01-10 02:20:54 +0300 )edit

@M.Bln Please add what you have edited to the end of the original post. Sometimes the original questions get edited so much, that some of the comments don't make much sense afterwards...

Kayakist ( 2015-01-10 03:41:48 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-01-10 21:04:14 +0300

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updated 2015-01-11 23:29:03 +0300

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Something like this? (I have had no issues with 1/2 key, but this looks much better now :) )

image description

Add this somewhere inside FunctionKey {} in /usr/share/maliit/plugins/com/jolla/ShiftKey.qml

Rectangle {
    visible: attributes.inSymView
    color: parent.pressed ? Theme.highlightBackgroundColor : Theme.primaryColor
    opacity: parent.pressed ? 0.6 : 0.17
    radius: geometry.keyRadius

    anchors.fill: parent
    anchors.margins: Theme.paddingMedium

You need also restart maliit after this with systemctl --user restart maliit-server.service

DISCLAIMER: Use at your own risk.

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Yes, looks much more appropriate! But I still wouldn't mix controls with keys. So in my sensation the "½"-switch should right to the "ABC"-switch, whereas the comma and dot should be a line up. Thank you anyway!

M.Bln. ( 2015-01-10 21:23:36 +0300 )edit

That makes a lot more sense, thanks! How would it look with the darker background fill like on the space bar/keyboard switch?

nthn ( 2015-01-10 21:23:44 +0300 )edit

@nthn tried that first, it did look worse imho

kimmoli ( 2015-01-10 21:26:12 +0300 )edit

I think this is simple, background indicates that this is not an ½ symbol. Maybe an ">>" with background is even better.

Stephan ( 2015-01-12 22:38:25 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-01-12 05:24:08 +0300

updated 2015-01-12 05:25:40 +0300

Agree, instead of 1\2 could be some universal sign that indicates Next. Maybe it can have two of >> to indicate forward navigation and back word navigation. Perhaps we can take cue from Emoji keybard layout which has keys across many pages... image description

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I think ">>" is good, but please keep the backward / delete key at the same position than in normal keyboard layout. Just replace "½" with ">>" and draw a background like @kimmoli suggested.

Stephan ( 2015-01-12 22:42:54 +0300 )edit

Yes, missed that part. Distinguishing using background would be perfect.

anandrkris ( 2015-01-13 04:48:55 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-04-17 07:48:23 +0300

updated 2015-04-17 07:49:17 +0300

Am on 1.1.4 / Äijänpäivänjärvi (early access) and this is fixed now. Will close this after official release.

- Use button background on symbol page switch.

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Triggerhappy. i closed this already ...

kimmoli ( 2015-04-21 07:05:22 +0300 )edit

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