Make the area beneath hold-popup-menu sensitive for Selection of character
Make the area beneath hold-popup-menu sensitive for Selection of character. Thank you.
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F Hiew commented
On the top row, it's less important to raise the height of the popup menu, as to lower the bottom of the popup menu, so that you can slide your thumb sideways and see the character without your thumb blocking it.
I agree, if you decide you don't want to type the character, you should just be able to release it. On the Apple keyboard, if you decide you don't want to type the character, you slide downwards off the menu. On Padkeys, might have it that returning to the site of the home letter then releasing will cancel the operation. This would still work with a slider control. e.g. if you hold the letter "i", a slider control appears with the knob at the far right setting, the accented forms are located where the digit keys for 3-8 are. Releasing without sliding will cancel, and sliding the control or sliding to the character will select it.
Something similar to the Apple popup would be great: perhaps you could replace the Apple keyboard's unaccented character with one of the following:
– a blank space (meaning "type no character")
– nothing: this location is outside the menu
– an X in a solid (red or white) circle
F Hiew commented
It would be good if the sensitive area on the "hold-and-slide" pop-up menus were as big, with as much space (especially below the character) as they are in the standard Apple keyboard, and they replicated its behaviour.
1. Our thumbs obstruct visibility of the "hold-and-slide" symbols with the Padkeys keyboard (at least, it does on an iPhone 6). Try typing é or è. It's difficult to see, as your thumb is in the way. Now try it with the Apple iOS keyboard: it currently has superior behaviour. It has a wider blank area below the characters è é ê ë where you can slide your thumb. It even allows you to slide your thumb downwards off the menu to see the whole character! It allows you to simply slide sideways to select the character, instead of having to slide up first. It would be great if you could replicate these little points. In fact, you might even like to put a slider control below the characters to make it obvious that one can slide left/right without having to slide upwards! (This might require adding the unaccented character, in case you decide you want no accent after pressing it)
2. Secondly, accents, being smaller, tend to be hard to read for users with poorer eyesight (especially on an iPhone). Making the characters on the pop-up menu keys larger would help (at least on the iPhone version). They can be larger than the normal keys, as space is not much of an issue when selecting accents!