Customizability

Mathieu Lindau shared this idea 2 years ago
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Maybe for some people the way the letters key are aren't the best. (Maybe more in another languages than english though.)

So I was thinking of an option to let the user reorganize the keys letters, etc. That is an option no mobile keyboards I know have, I think. (I can be wrong.)

Thanks!

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i agree to this, i feel that 'L' and 'K' are more intuitive if they were to swap positions. i find myself instinctively going to k when i want to type L and vice versa

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N and B too. other than that, im adapting quite well.

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That's a great idea but it would need some work why we'll focus on auto correction, theme support and some basic features first.


We know that L and K seems swapped. But we did a lot of research and as L is much more used than K (specially in english) it's better to put it on a place which can easily be reached. That's why we moved L there.

You're right that it's a bit more difficult to learn it that way but in the end you'll get faster.


Best

Janis

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I think x and y should get swapped and also ./, and ?/! Because always when i want to write the y i automatically press and on the others the same

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*automatically press x

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I couldnt take the amount of mistakes i was getting with wrio ;/ have gone back to google keyboard for awhile. Will try wrio again when autocorrect comes about. Meanwhile. i suggest that symbols key be on the left instead of right. Since most keyboards are doing that , its been working fine, dont break it. shift the symbols button back to the left.

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Good idea: I was wondering why in the German Version frequently combined letters (e+i, s+c+h, c+h etc.) are not closeby on the keyboard.

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the letters frequently used close to each other shouldn't be on the same side of the keyboard, but with at least one space in between (ideally) and on either side of a keyboard, so that you can work with two hands more efficiently, i. e. when one hand is typed a letter, it should be moving to the letter one letter ahead of the next letter, while at the same moment the other hand is writing the next letter. For example, on a regular QWERTZ-keyboard, you're much faster writing "ieieieieieieieieie" than "i8i8i8i8i8i8i8i8i8" because it's not the same finger. In fact, "i8i8i8i8i8i8i8i8i8" takes pretty much just as much time as writing "ie83ie83ie83ie83ie83ie83ie83ie83" and that's double as many letters ;)

Here, this is what I meant, worded somewhat better than what I wrote:


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Dr Antti Oulasvirta, Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute

for Informatics in Germany, said: “The key to optimising a keyboard for

two thumbs is to minimise long typing sequences that only involve a

single thumb. It is also important to place frequently used letter keys

centrally close to each other.


“Experienced typists move their thumbs simultaneously: while one

thumb is selecting a particular key, the other thumb is approaching its

next target. From these insights we derived a predictive behavioural

model we could use to optimise the keyboard.”

" (same as the Janis linked to in a comment to Yen-Chih some scrolls down)


Source: KALQ

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Even as a German speaker/typer, I would like to rearrange some of the keys to "my needs" or how I feel where I "intuitively search" them when typing. So definitely +1 for this request!

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just noticed: on the number keyboard, it might be better if the zero was placed just below 7/8.

Or if we placed the 1-4 on the first, 5-9 on the second and 0 on the third row?

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Hi Cornel, great idea!! Since offering additional layouts or even allowing the user to create his own will take some development time, we'd like to include this in version after the first release in early May. I'll merge this with the other layout requests, to keep it on top of the list. Cheers, David

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Hi Sgit - we will add a few more characters in the next release. Which characters are you missing exactly?


A next idea is to allow users to customize the keyboard. This will take a bit of time but I think WRIO could handle this very well.


Hope to keep you on board. Cheers, David

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personally, I'm missing numbers on the main screen as well as brackets (and three-dots [...], but that's just a bad habit I would give up for the sake of writing more decisive sentences!)

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Hi Larry - thanks for the suggestions. Letting users customize the layout is on our roadmap. If you give us a bit of time, I'm sure WRIO will handle it very well. Best, David

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Thanks for the reply!

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Hi STR, merged with similar request. Best, David

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Lemme remember where the letters are then come back to this, but it'll still be a cool feature

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Hi Tommy

You're not the first one who suggests this. :)

I'll merge it with the other topic where where you find more information about this.


Have a nice day and thanks for the support! :)

Janis

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Und schön wäre, wenn wir auch die diversen Hautfarben zurückbekommen

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Hi Valerio


Thanks for your feedback. :)

I'll merge this topic with another one about this topic so the votes are added.


Have a nice evening!

Janis

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After installing the WRIO keyboard, my first experience with using it was confusing because the QWERTY key layout was different than I was expecting. Currently, using WRIO is slower than the standard iOS english QWERTY layout for me. I'm sure I'd get faster if I took the time to learn the new layout but its a fairly steep learning curve and a jarring initial user experience.

I installed WRIO because I am constantly getting typos when I use the standard iOS keyboard and the Hexagonal keys make so much sense! If only the key layout could be customised / selectable. For example Standard QWERTY layout, Enhanced QWERTY layout (commonly accessed keys relocated closer together), Custom (User Definable layout).

I've attached a rough sample of the layout I was expecting when I installed WRIO that uses standard QWERTY layout but with just the key shape changed to hexagonal. I think this style would immediately improve my speed and accuracy without any learning curve!

Thanks!

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Hi There ;)


Thanks a lot for your great feedback! :)

And thanks for your draft. The problem is that with this design you have ten keys in a row while with the current one it's only seven. With seven keys in a row you can increase the width of the keys by 42% which is quite a lot which will help to minimize typing errors while typing faster. That's why we changed the layout.

But as we think it would be nice if you could change the letters and special characters how you want. That way people can adjust it to their needs.

Thanks for your support! :)

Janis

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Custom key layout would cool. I would like to see the vowels in the very center or the screen and have the moast used consonants on the top two rows listed alphabetacally.

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Hi Sugar Jones


As every users has his own preferences it we'd like to give the possibility to customize as suggested here: http://community.wrio-keyboard.com/topic/reorganize-the-keyboard

It might take some time though as we have to change quite a lot.

Have a nice weekend! :)

Janis

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I'm currently testing the WRIO keyboard and my writing speed hasn't improved since the launch. There are several things that needs improvement, while the idea is great. I still hit the "J" button unintended, when I want to make a space. The "X" and "Y" could be switched, since I want a "Y" but get an "X", keys are still in the order of the old 140 year old keyboard style, while a more statistical reseach of the most used glyphs can inmprove the speed enormously (like "e" . And I don't have big hands and fingers as a man, mind you. but the learning curve is very steep, which makes the User Experience somewhat cumbersome.

Let me illustrate this with your theme package:

the green fields are the effective buttons I can reach with my thumbs easily, the yellow marked buttons are the marked buttons I accidently hit when I want to make a space. The switch of X and Y would be beneftial, when I type in english than in german. That's not a wish list, but a feedback of my usage of the keyboard and the problems I encountered.

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Thanks for making this post, i'm having the same missclicks as you and your solution would make this a lot easier

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Keyboard reorganization suggestion after letter frequency http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_frequency for an English/German keyboard with the most used letters to the least used colour coded. I rearranged the letters e t a o i n in an alternating order like a car shift stick as well as the second least used d l c u m w below and overall border from top to buttom according to reachability of the thumb and placed the least used on the sides, where they won't used too much, as I can't reach them easily with my thumb without bending.


I also attached some suggested function for manually rearranging the keys, for example, if the rearrangment key is pressed, the color of the button turn red, and the keys displays a border, which then could be placed at any order of your liking, it would switch places like a app on the home screen. Additionally, I added a Caps Lock key as an option, that also changes colour.

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Hi Yen-Chih


Thanks a lot for your feedback and the visualizations, they are awesome! :)

We'll keep it in mind of course.


When working on our first prototype we also tested different layouts based on KALQ. In the project of multiple universities an algorithm has been created which creates optimal letter layouts based on the frequencies and other informations.

Unfortunately in our first tests learning of the new positions was very difficult and speed improvements not significant. But maybe we'll have a look again someday. :)

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I would be delighted to test a special version of wrio with the layout I suggested, I don't claim this to be the perfect solution to the new keyboard of the 21st century. But improvment can't be made if we stick to the road we know. I know it's a bold suggestion, but maybe it works. The KLAQ keyboard is just for tablet keyboards.


There's a website http://www.alistapart.com/article/how-we-hold-gagdets that dwells into the thumb zone of the smartphones which is very useful

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Hi Timo, thanks a lot for your feedback! :)


The symbol – has already been added to the second layer in Android and it will be in the next iOS update too.

As every user has his own preferences I think it would be best to make it adjustable so you can select the symbols you really need. You can vote here: http://community.wrio-keyboard.com/topic/reorganize-the-keyboard

Thanks again and have a nice Sunday! :)

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Hi Roland

Thanks a lot for this idea. An automized function is too complicated probably but in the future it might be possible to customize the keyboard to add your own special characters. But we first have to implement some more important features.

But let's see what other users think :)

Best

Janis

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Hi Kai

I hope you got our answer on the Play Store. :)

If not: We'll keep that in mind if we change the order of the letters. And there may be some sort of customization some time so you could easily change it. But we'll focus on some other features first like an improved auto correction, advanced settings and possibly predictions.

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Hey René

Thanks for your input. Can I merge it with this topic? http://community.wrio-keyboard.com/topic/reorganize-the-keyboard

I think it's a similar problem in the end.

Best

Janis

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I didn't read the entire thread and didn't fully understand what the thread opener is requesting there, tbh :D

But if it helps to get the space buttons customizable, yeah, merge it :D

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Space buttons can be deactivated in the advanced settings. For changing the function of one or both space keys, I'm moving this into customizability. Cheers, David

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I like the idea that the user can reorganize the key letters.

I myself must say I struggle with the wrio keyboard. Even after some "training" sessions, I am still much quicker with the standard key boards

However, I like the idea of a better key board

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Hallo Andreas

Bis jetzt können die Tasten noch nicht verschoben oder angepasst werden. Wir haben es auf unserer Liste, aber werden mit der Version 2.0 zuerst ein paar andere Dinge angehen.

Zum Schreiben von Grossbuchstaben kannst du übrigens einfach ganz schnell und kurz nach oben wischen. So bist du fast gleich schnell wie beim normalen tippen und Caps Lock ist nicht mehr wirklich nötig.


Wenn du willst kannst du trotzdem dafür deine Stimme abgeben, falls dir das nicht reicht:

http://community.wrio-keyboard.com/topic/caps-lock

http://community.wrio-keyboard.com/topic/reorganize-the-keyboard

Liebe Grüsse

Janis