physical interface for entering text character by character.

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Why does the Caps Lock not toggle upper and lower case for selected text?

In most word processors, you can easily toggle many text styles. For example: Ctrl + B - Will bold or un-bold selected text. Ctrl + U - Will underline or un-underline selected text. Ctrl + I - Will ...
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Is it good to put search box above the keyboard?

Here's the case, I'm designing for a text editor on iphone, user wants to search keyword in the article the just wrote. We don't have the suggest results (things pop out when you're searching in ...
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Keyboard navigation through form with multiple tabs

To avoid any confusion, I am not talking about the tab key, I am talking about a form with tabs at the top that can be selected by clicking the tab or by pressing Ctrl+PageUp/Down. The latter is not ...
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iOS Black keyboard

Is the black iOS keyboard used to indicate that the form is secure? There seems to be suggestions that it is the case but I can not find a clear answer within any guidelines and have seen the black ...
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Controlling movement direction in isometric view

In an isometric view, floor tiles would be aligned diagonally. On this view, an entity can be moved to adjacent tiles, as illustrated by the green arrows. Since the movement is diagonal (to the ...
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How to get users to tab through forms instead of mouse-picking?

Is there a way to teach, persuade or force users to learn to use the Tab and Enter keys to navigate simple forms, instead of clicking the next field with the mouse? This is such a productivity-killer ...
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Dismissing keyboard on Android: UI Pattern

I'm not too familiar with the Android UI patterns, but how does one usually dismiss a keyboard after entering some information? My usecase is to dismiss the keyboard when a user is done entering the ...
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Why is there no standard layout for computer keyboards?

As you might be aware, there is no context menu button (similar to right click action) in modern keyboards. In latest laptops such as HP, Lenovo, etc. and Lenovo slim keyboard are missing the Context ...
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Are screenreader users aware of the keyboard controls with jQuery UI's datepicker?

jQuery UI's datepicker has complex keyboard navigation. Source: https://api.jqueryui.com/datepicker/ While the datepicker is open, the following key commands are available: PAGE UP: ...
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Is Shift+Click for item selection a historical mistake?

I recently encountered a proof of concept demonstration which used the mouse to "drag and select" multiple items in a list. The current, widely accepted solution for multiple item selection is to ...
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Learning multiple keyboard layouts

Spanish keyboards are not very friendly to C++ developers. While | # and ~ are hard but reasonably accessible, [ ] { and } are really hard to type. Not to mention, there are some dead keys that force ...
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Why do modern keyboards have Scroll Lock?

The Scroll Lock key is useless in the modern day, and some higher-end keyboards don't even have it: Same can be said for the Pause and Break keys, but however it pauses the BIOS POST output on many ...
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How would replacing the spacebar with a track pad affect user experience upon typing?

Google have issued a patent aiming to replace the spacebar with a track pad sliding in its place. This would make room for smaller keyboards and smaller devices, but what does it do to user ...
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Keyboard hiding lower buttons on small Android screens

I have a application (Android) which have scroll activity form. On which there is a button for next screen (lowest of scroll). It's looking fine on large screens of android devices. But keyboard hides ...
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What's the rationale for having the keyboard vibration feature on mobile phones?

A lot of people prefer physical keyboards than virtual ones on cell phones. In order to mimic physical keyboards experience, most cell phones have the vibration feature(i.e., the phone vibrates when ...
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Best way to display 3 different keyboards in a single flow even if the input is variable in each screen?

I'm gathering feedback on the best way to show a keyboard on screen that will provide different keys depending on the input needed. The user will have to input 3 different values in three different ...
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What would be the best keymap for a mode-less (or mode-minimalistic) contrasting color palette designer? [closed]

While the contextual and background information below may prove helpful and insightful, the TL;DR and major points of my problem can be found in the emboldened text below, and what I specifically need ...
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What is the reason behind the upper-case-lower-case behaviour of the Apple iOS keyboard?

On Windows and Android phones/tablets the case of the keypad letters alters when pressing SHIFT: But Apple seems to ignore this presumably useful feature. Does Apple really know it's better NOT to ...
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TAB functionality in SE when editing code — What's the UX view on it?

Disclaimer: I'm cross-posting this question from Meta SE to get input from the UX fanatics here. I've seen people complain about not been able to use TAB to format code in SE. There are many fixes ...
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Comparing mouse + Keyboard vs Touch Screen Input Devices?

Is there any research that compares the User Experience of using the mentioned Input Devices ? Thanks Edit: Basically for my dissertation i'm planning on creating a usable interface for a voting ...
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Touch versus trace typing

Do you think trace typing (as provided by apps like Swype and SwiftKey, and now integrated in many smartphones UI) can replace touch typing? Any data on typing speed with this new input method? I was ...
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Keyboard Dismissal On Non-Interaction of Input Field

We're having a debate at the office. One of my developers is adamant in having the keyboard dismiss when there is any interaction with anything on screen that is not an input field. In other words ...
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Can the “Go”button on mobile devices' virtual keyboards replace an actual button on the interface?

Imagine I'm designing as search bar for mobile websites and don't want to waste the space on a "Go" or "Search" button on my interface, can I just expect the user to tap on the "Go" button on his ...
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Is “guessing” commonly implemented into mobile touch keyboards to avoid typos?

I've been contemplating the idea of increasing UX for mobile touch screen phone users by programming a keyboard to avoid typos when touches fall in-between keys by guessing the key that the user most ...
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Is there a standard hotkey list somewhere

There are numerous key combinations that can be considered as being part of an unofficial (as far as I know) standard. But is there a list of such combinations somewhere? Some examples: F1 - Help F3 ...
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Why are keyboards still the predominant input device? [closed]

While reading about the history of the computer keyboard I was a little surprised to hear that it is still the primary interface between humans and computers... Despite the development of ...
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Why do physical keyboards still have built-in numpads?

Normally I use a wireless keyboard without a number pad and a mouse right next to it. Having started a new job, I was finding my right arm somewhat more sore. This was confusing until I realized: ...
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Why are computer keyboard keys printed in Uppercase? [duplicate]

Although many users mostly type lowercase letters, why are all keyboards printed with uppercase letters?
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How should I handle the Esc key in a “Press any key” screen?

Simple question, but I'm on the fence as to the answer. If I design a "Press any key to X" screen, should I register the Esc key as one of those "any key"s, or as a cancellation control? Is there an ...
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Why do keyboard keys have (most) letters in top left corner?

I was just looking at my keyboard (Logitech K200) for the millionth time and realized that the names of each key were "mostly" in the top left. The row of numbers at the top is just left aligned with ...
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Why no typographic apostrophe in auto-correct?

Probably the first kind of automatic alteration or correction of characters entered by the user by means of a keyboard, were “smart quotes”, i.e. the replacement of ' and " by proper typographic, ...
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Start an activity when a barcode is read

I am designing a Point of Pay, as in a Point of Sales, pretty much the same functionality. Someone comes with a payment slip containing a barcode and the cashier will scan it, and the system can ...
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Multi-range Slider for Budget Allocation

I'm currently designing a slider that will be used to allocate a fixed budget to different channels. I posted some shots of the current design below. Right now, it's possible to simply drag the slider ...
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Why is 'shift + space' not popularly used?

Why isn't "shift + space" popularly utilized? Chrome uses "space" as "page down", and "shift + space" as "page up". However, I haven't been able to find a single occurrence of it being utilized during ...
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Why doesn't the space bar have anything written on it?

All the key on the keyboard have something written on them which more or less describes their functionality, except for, traditionally, the Space bar. Why don't the majority of keyboard space bar ...
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Why does the caps lock key have a down arrow as its icon?

The caps lock key has a downwards arrow like this as its icon on most keyboards: Isn't that hugely counter intuitive and inconsistent with the way the Shift key is designed like? One would imagine ...
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Why are keyboards, Mouses designed to make sound when pressed and clicked?

Why are PC keyboards designed to be audible when they are pressed? That, IMHO, is a totally unnecessary thing as it generates noise that might disturb a peer who is studying nearby. The other thing ...
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Show special keyboard view when entering a password on mobile devices?

Mobile operating systems typically show different virtual keyboards depending on context. The default keyboard might show A-Z, while a keyboard for entering a telephone number might show 0-9 (so you ...
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Unintuitive order of vi directional keys

Currently unix text editor vi has the following keys for navigation. h move left j move down k move up l move right On keyboard they aligned: Left, Down, Up, Right But while ...
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Tab sequence in dynamic forms

This question is about usable tab sequences in dynamic forms. Is it possible to exclude conditional fields from the tab sequence when they are hidden, and include them when they are visible? Assume ...
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What are the proper keys for navigating multi-column “search as you type” results?

Given a search box that has a menu which opens after the user begins to type listing results in two columns, plus a "view more results" button and a "close" button, what are the correct keys for ...
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Delay on keystroke when search as you type

I'm deploying an instant search on my windows app. At the first implementation, when the user type a key, the search engine make a query and return the results. I thought that that wasn't too much ...
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Should Keyboard and Mouse stay next to each other? [closed]

I am looking for some recommendations / papers that claim that a keyboard and a mouse should be placed next to each other. What about a case where the mouse is a used as an input device and the ...
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Is there a logical alternative for the Escape key?

I have a game that can be played in your browser. It's a retro game (multiplayer snake) and the menus and your snake can only be controlled using your keyboard. Mouse input is ignored. I was using ...
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How to improve the smartphone keyboard layout?

I have loads of problems with the small keys on my smartphone as my fingers cover them completely. I guess most people have the same problem. The Qwerty keyboard layout was designed for ten-finger ...
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Are there any recent studies of the “Keyboard vs Mouse”-issue?

Back in the late 80's, Apple Human Interface concluded that the mouse is faster than the keyboard, objectively. But also that every test person subjectively thought that the keyboard was faster. ...
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Why are product keys always uppercase?

As the title says, is there a specific reason for why products keys are (almost) always in uppercase? Does it serve a purpose? Here's what I mean by a product key: ABCD-1234-EFGH-5678-IJKL Why ...
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Dedicated buttons for Copy/Paste on keyboards [closed]

Given that many people (myself included) use these functions a lot, wouldn't it make sense to have two keys that would replace Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V in modern keyboards?
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Is it okay to map the left/right arrow keys to a website's navigation?

When making a site accessible by allowing keyboard navigation is it OK to use the left and right arrow keys to move between columns (in addition to the tab key which traverses all of the column's ...
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Why Greek letter mu (μ) on European keyboards?

AZERTY-style keyboard layouts in France and Belgium have a dedicated key for typing the Greek small letter mu (μ). While not having a dedicated (μ) key, keyboards in Germany, Denmark, Finland, ...