Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Nov 2012 21:54 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "I was prepared to write that the Windows 8 interface was forcing unnecessary touchscreen controls on people who wouldn't appreciate them, particularly if they were simply grafted onto a traditional laptop. But the more I've used Windows 8, despite its faults, the more I've become convinced that touchscreens are the future - even vertical ones." I can see his point. I, too, have often felt the desire to touch regular and laptop displays, especially when doing things like photo and video.
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RE[4]: Alone
by Alfman on Sat 1st Dec 2012 17:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Alone"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Kochise,

"Correctly selecting a portion of text, especially in the edge of the screen/text is getting ridiculously hard."

I find that to be the case too! URLs can be all but impossible to type, autocorrect doesn't help. Since virtual keyboards aren't touch typed, ones eyes have to leave the text field to look at the keys, but if we only look at the keys and assume the entered text is correct, it becomes a futile task to correct a typo without backing out all the characters after it. The touchscreen is much too blunt of an input device for selecting characters. Sometimes I even think having arrow keys on the keyboard would help text editing.

I fully welcome the reintroduction of the traditional tablets form factors with real keyboards. They were always too expensive, but now with more competitive products we might finally see a real emergence of good hybrid tablets.

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RE[5]: Alone
by Kochise on Sat 1st Dec 2012 18:09 in reply to "RE[4]: Alone"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

I've also bought a little physical BT KB that features these arrow keys.

Kochise

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