Linked by KAMiKAZOW on Sun 15th Aug 2010 18:31 UTC
KDE KDE reaches out to another device form factor. Plasma's plugin-based design is at work again, after launching KDE special netbook interface. This time around, the KDE team presents its Plasma Tablet interface.
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Comment by ddc_
by ddc_ on Sun 15th Aug 2010 19:47 UTC
ddc_
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2006-12-05

The weakness of most UIs on tablets is text input - You need a sane virtual keyboard to be not very much annoying, taking right place, always close by but still somewhere out of Your siht until needed. This is well done in Android and iOS. Here seems to be non-existent.

Actully too far from usable state yet...

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RE: Comment by ddc_
by KAMiKAZOW on Sun 15th Aug 2010 21:44 in reply to "Comment by ddc_"
KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

Nobody is claiming that the Tablet interface is currently usable. In fact, Marco Martin clearly wrote that it is still experimental.

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RE: Comment by ddc_
by mart on Sun 15th Aug 2010 22:07 in reply to "Comment by ddc_"
mart Member since:
2005-11-17

on screen keyboard:
yes, we are working on it (some time ago i shown an early stage of it on the blog).

this will also depend on what platform it will run.
Somewhere it could use an already present system-wide one, or have to use whatever system wide standard way to make it appear when and only when is necessary...

but anyways yes, all is at early stages of development, and work is going quite fast.

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RE[2]: Comment by ddc_
by WereCatf on Mon 16th Aug 2010 00:32 in reply to "RE: Comment by ddc_"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

this will also depend on what platform it will run.
Somewhere it could use an already present system-wide one, or have to use whatever system wide standard way to make it appear when and only when is necessary...


I find the way Opera Mobile does this on my Nokia N900 to be extremely good and would absolutely love to have it in more apps than just one: it shows the virtual keyboard only when you tap on a field that accepts input, zooms in on what you are typing, and hides the keyboard when you tap on "Ready", outside the input area, or you open the hardware keyboard. It also has enough spacing between the virtual keys and numbers aren't accessible by default; you tap on a key with '123' written on it to switch to special characters and numbers. This saves space and makes the keyboard visibly less cluttered.

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