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Nokia N900 Portrait T9 keyboard in the works for Maemo 5

| June 7, 2010 | 5 Replies

On Talk.maemo.org, Frals, creator of fMMS (bringing MMS to Maemo 5/N900 users) is working with wOOt to create a portrait keyboard for the N900.

I’m glad they chose to do the traditional T9 input as that’s much easier to use with one hand  (for me anyways -I know there are also many who would prefer portrait QWERTY) which would probably be most of the reason you’d want to be using the N900 in portrait mode.

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As this is an early project there are some known issues:

  • No fast input. Multi-tap to enter a letter, it’s slow and *very* painful.
  • Changing orientation results in the text you’ve written so far being lost
  • To use it, you’ll need to ‘killall hildon-input-method’ after installing the package (or reboot your n900)
  • It’s (a bit) painful to use in landscape mode (the QWERTY keyboard does not show up)

Future directions include:

  • Seperate layout for landscape mode, for easier use
  • Fast, predictive input
  • Automatic capitalisation

Talk.maemo.org, VIA @gerrymoth

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