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  1. Swiss German Keyboard

    add swiss german keyboard layout

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      Hello. We do not have anyone Swiss on our team and I would like to understand the reason for wanting the Swiss/German layout. As far as I can tell, the main difference is putting in French é,à,è in place of Ö,Ä,Ü, removing ß, and adding ç. Is this true? And is your main reason for wanting this layout to be able to type French characters (at the cost of losing capitalized umlaut-letters)? Thanks, and sorry for being slow getting back to this!

    • A top row switch key

      I noticed that we have two backspaces which is kind of unnecessary in my opinion. What if that backspace key on the bottom left was replaced by a key that you can use to switch between the numeric top row and the shortcut bar for all your copying and pasting needs? I personally find it a pretty nifty idea and I wonder what you think about it.

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        Hi,

        Well, some people DO like having the forward delete, but it’s not for everyone so we have thought about making that a customizable key. But for now we’ve been holding off in the name of keeping things simple.

        As far as the shortcut bar, we are unfortunately not able to access or turn on/off Apple’s own shortcut bar. However in the next PadKeys version we will be including undo, redo, and paste buttons in our own suggestions bar. We hope this will make it more feasible for iOS 9 users to turn the Apple shortcut bar off completely to gain the extra space. (And of course iOS 8 users will benefit from the functionality which isn’t available at all otherwise.)

        Other peoples’ thoughts are welcome.

      • Hide PadKeys topbar with autocorrect on

        I like to use autocorrect to make sure I get spelling correct but I don't always need predictive text and I'm a fan of the built-in topbar.
        Would it be possible to add an option to hide the PadKeys topbar without disabling autocorrect? Also, a switch for swipe input would be good, not that it activates by accident but it'd be nice to have that as an option.

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          We could possibly add this as a fifth autocorrect level setting, “Corrections only”, as opposed to the current “Suggestions only”. It does make the setting more complex though so we’d like to see some more support for having this sort of mode before moving forward. If you’re interested in this, please vote for this idea.

        • Would it be possible to separate the selection of a language and the selection of a keyboard layout?

          On my PC, I type in 3 languages, German, English and Dutch. But I only use my German hardware keyboard for all languages. Switching keyboard layouts is confusing and slows typing speed. If I could leave my PadKeys layout, while changing the language and preselect the layout in settings, it would be very helpful.

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            What you are saying makes sense, and would not be hard to implement. However the trick is to keep the configuration simple for the user. It starts to feel clunky when you are having to select layout and language separately.

            One idea might be to have an “override layout” selector which if unset (the default) leaves behavior as now. If it IS set, that layout always takes precedence, and only the language changes when selecting by the regular mechanism.

            How does this sound? It would be preferrable not to even add this one additional selector, but I cannot think of any simpler way.

          • German Keyboard without äöü-keys

            Apple ships four German Layouts with the iPad. The one I prefer is QWERTZ, which has no keys for ä, ö and ü. This layout is similar to the iPhone and makes it easier to switch between the devices.

            I miss this layout in padkeys.

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            • include (sic) option in predictive text

              There are times when I don't want to go with any of the options given to me on the predictive text bar: I'm fine with what I've typed in and don't want to replace it with the recommended word (the one colored blue) — or any of the other words on the bar, for that matter — but I also don't want to keep the recommended word from being recommended in the future, the way the “×” option does. This is particularly a problem with “i”: I cannot type “i.e.” without getting “I. e.” or losing the ability to have…

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                The problem you mention is an annoying one. But I’m not sure about solving it by taking up a slot on the suggestions row for (typed) or “typed” every time there is an auto-suggestion. The constant presence of that item is one of the things I hate about other keyboards. Is there any other way we could address this issue?

              • French azerty keyboard: ? Instead of =

                When the keyboard is set in french azerty, the key = should be ? Instead

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                  Although it is tempting to try to optimize the layouts, our current approach is to follow the Apple laptop keyboard layouts exactly. This way your fingers will “remember” where to go without having to think if you’re on an iPad or a regular computer.

                • spanish keyboard should have no ç

                  that is a portuguese character
                  please substitute with ;
                  kind regards

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                    We have the ‘ç’ because we are following the Mac notebook/desktop keyboard layout for Spain. Did we make a mistake here? Or did Spanish recently stop using the ‘ç’ but the keyboard hardware just hasn’t caught up yet?

                    In any case, the ‘;’ is already available on one of the other keys when ‘shift’ is pressed. Are there any other possibilities to use, or any standards we can follow here?

                  • brackets

                    Can we have ( ) style brackets on the msin keyboard rather than [ ]?

                    I think ? Might be more useful than / too

                    Thanks

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                      Hi,

                      We’re interested to hear more feedback on this, but… One of the main motivations behind PadKeys is to avoid the need for learning special layouts. The thought is that the advantages of having those keys available without Shift is actually outweighed by the hesitations caused by having a different layout from the one present in hardware keyboards everywhere.

                      Even something that may seem an obvious win like a “.com” key, which saves 3 keystrokes when typing in a URL, is of unclear benefit when you have to stop and hunt around for it, it takes up space that could be used for making larger letter keys, and it doesn’t help when typing in .de, .net, .org, or the site name itself.

                      Of course, none of these arguments hold for users more used to phones than regular computers. But PadKeys is not trying to be a keyboard for everyone,…

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