Design Team/Proposals/Touchscreen/On-screen Keyboard/Examples iOS

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Onscreen keyboard iOS


Safari search in page

Ios safari search ABC.PNG

Safari app, english keyboard, ABC, search in the page

  • Return key is changed to 'Search' and does invoke the search
  • additional navigation for the serach results added above the keyboard

Ios safari search capitalize ABC.PNG

Safari app, english keyboard, ABC, search in the page, capitalize letters

  • to capitalize a letter you need to press the 'Shift' key once
  • the 'Shift' key is highlighted then
  • the capitalization is only applied to the next character and the functionality is then automatically disabled again (key returns normal)
  • the upper case/lower case characters are not reflected in the keyboard itself
  • you can not make the upper case shift functionality permanent

Ios safari search .?123.PNG

Safari app, english keyboard, ?123, search in the page

App store search

Ios appstore search.PNG

Maps search

Ios maps search.PNG


Ios notes eng ABC.PNG

Notes app, english keybard, ABC

Ios notes eng .?123.PNG

Notes app, english keybard, .?123

Ios notes de ABC.PNG

Notes app, german keybard, ABC

Ios notes de .?123.PNG

Notes app, german keybard, .?123

Ios garageband song title.PNG

Garageband app, german keyboard, ABC, edit the song title

  • Return key adjusted to 'Fertig'

Ios email address.PNG

Email app,

  • '@' key is available in the ABC layout
  • as special characters only '.' and '_' and '-' are available

Ios email title.PNG

Email app

  • is a standard ABC layout

Safari open url

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Safari app, english keyboard, ABC, go to address:

  • highly customized for url editing
  • Return key adjusted to 'Go'
  • added '.com' key, no 'space' key
  • moved some of the keys from '.?123' here like ':', '/', '_' and '-'
  • removed the '!' and '?' key as the secondary option from the ',' and '.' key

Custom keyboard additions for special text editing cases

Below is a selection of custom keyboards designed for editing source code of various languages and environments, standard approach is to allow an application specific palette containing the extra functionality to be attached to the top edge of the on screen keyboard.

IOS source could editor with keyboard.PNG

In this source code editor, note the extra row with commonly used source code characters. The developer here has increased the character density by implementing a custom joystick like behaviour where touching a key and releasing triggers the middle character, but touching and sliding in any of the NE SE SW NW directions triggers a character in a key corner.

IOS lua source code editor with custom keyboard.PNG

This Lua source environment has a custom keyboard strip that adds more advanced features than just extra characters, several of these keys pop-up palettes with symbols and context sensitive help.

IOS python source code editor with custom keyboard.PNG

Another example of a python source code editor with a custom keyboard strip.

IOS Java Processing environment keyboard.PNG

Custom keyboard strip for a Java Processing environment.

IOS ssh shell terminal emulation custom keyboard.PNG

Extra key strip for this ssh console terminal emulator.

IOS OKS example with extra custom keys.png

A simple text editor uses an extra keyboard strip for providing easy access to commonly used punctuation (even though they are accessible through extra key presses with the standard keyboard).

IOS OKS Wolfram example with many extra custom keys.png

Wolfram's app has MANY extra keys ;)

IOS OKS Numbers example with context sensitive keyboard.png

Numbers uses several context sensitive keyboard for inputting numerical data, date information, formulas, as well a just text.