Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2012 14:52 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, one of its most prominent and most controversial features was the on-screen keyboard. In as world dominated by devices with physical keyboards, it was seen as a joke, something that could never work. We know better by now, of course, but while I still prefer the physical feel and clicks of a real keyboard, a recent new endeavour of mine has made me appreciate the on-screen keyboard in a whole new way.
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RE: Not only that..
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 25th Oct 2012 20:39 UTC in reply to "Not only that.."
StephenBeDoper
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2005-07-06

In fact, what I feel it becomes "killer" with virtual keyboards is how they can easily adapt to the task at hand. Simple stuff as changing the keyboard layout when typing email addresses (making @ easily reachable, for example) or removing the space bar when typing url addresses and having a handy ".com".


I have mixed feelings about the ".com" button. On one hand, I think it's a clever idea and (as you pointed out) one of the chief advantages of having a keyboard implemented in software. But on the other hand, it doesn't take into account that there are many places where ".com" isn't the most commonly-used TLD.

And yes, I know that most virtual keyboards let you tap-and-hold to get the net, org, and edu TLDs - but none of the virtual keyboards I've used have a .ca option. Being in Canada, most of domains I type in (either in URLs or EMail addresses) use the .ca TLD - making the ".com" key largely useless, at least for me.

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RE[2]: Not only that..
by HappyGod on Fri 26th Oct 2012 04:35 in reply to "RE: Not only that.."
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2005-10-19

This is a particular bug-bear of mine. Although the default iOS keyboard does let you hold the .com key to get the .au suffix that I need, why can't I configure it so that I get '.com.au' by default.

Very annoying. The cynic in me guesses that setting the caption of the button to '.com.au' would take up to much space, and they couldn't be bothered reformatting the keyboard to accommodate it!

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