[FoRK] Some iPad suggestions

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Fri May 7 14:00:26 PDT 2010

On 5/7/10 1:29 PM, HK Pang wrote:
> On Fri, May 7, 2010 at 2:46 PM, Lucas Gonze<lucas.gonze at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> It's not easy to do these things, or at least not trivial.
>> On Fri, May 7, 2010 at 11:31 AM, HK Pang<hkpang at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> But there are couple things that I find iPad pretty annoying:
>>> 1) Why isn't there a full keyboard? It's pretty annoying to keep shifting
>>> keyboard pages for numeric keys and other frequently used symbols. In
>>> landscape mode, the iPad can certainly accomodate a few more keys.
>>> 2) Why ain't there any cursor keys? It's nearly impossible to place the
>>> cursor in between words when you need to make a correction. I usually
>> have
>>> to re-type the whole word over again.
>>> 3) Why isn't traditional Chinese input supported? Is Apple going to drop
>> the
>>> 30-50 million potential customers living in Taiwan/Hongkong/etc? The same
>>> thing is available in iTouch and iPhone, I'm surprised Apple tried to do
>>> this.
>>> 4) Why isn't more effort made to improve chinese handwriting input? Right
>>> now, you can only enter one chinese character at a time.
> With the exception of #4, is it really that hard to do the first 3? I
> understand that Apple can omit /alter features to give them more marketing
> advantages. But I fail to see the rationale of not making keyboard entry a
> little easier. Right now, iPad is pretty useless in an office setting
> unless your job is to qa iPad apps.

What's wrong with using a Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad in the 
office??  Does that ruin the magic?

Anyway, I'm sure that the aPads, sPads, cPads etc. will fix those 
features any day now.  ;-)


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