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Touch screen Polish keyboard for mobile devices


BenL 1 | 2  
14 Jan 2009 /  #1
Hi,

I would like to support the Polish language in a software for a mobile device.
The number of keys on the software keyboard is fixed (31).

I do not speak Polish myself, and I would be very grateful if you could help me:

1. Did I forget any Polish character?

2. Do you have any recommendation to make the keyboard more user friendly for a Polish speaker?

Thank you greatly for your help,

Ben

[Layout image is attached]
OP BenL 1 | 2  
14 Jan 2009 /  #2
Image attached


  • Polish keyboard layout
cjjc 29 | 408  
14 Jan 2009 /  #3
I have done a screen capture of the keyboard layout of Polish keyboard on my Mac.
I popped it next to your image for comparison but unfortunately I had to reduce the size of the keyboard viewer. If you would like just the keyboard viewer in full size let me know. Hope it helps.
OP BenL 1 | 2  
14 Jan 2009 /  #4
Hi Cjjc,

Thank you for your reply.

My problem is that I am limited to 31 keys in 3 rows. So I cannot match the normal Polish keyboard layout.
I tried to be as close as possible to the "Polish programmers" layout.

Do you think the way I did it would be user friendly?

Thank you for your help!

Ben
cjjc 29 | 408  
14 Jan 2009 /  #5
My problem is that I am limited to 31 keys in 3 rows. So I cannot match the normal Polish keyboard layout.
I tried to be as close as possible to the "Polish programmers" layout.

Ben, I am not Polish and I do not use the keyboard in the same sense as a native would so it is difficult for me to judge how user friendly it may be, I know on the iPhone keyboard you can hold down a key for 1 second and you will be presented with a slide up version of with many different letters such as Polish, Russian (cyrillic), Czech etc this may be an option for you as you are on a touch screen device correct? (I don't know about patents btw) I know it may seem like significant programming burden at first but it would retain the original layout and save the hassle of having to re-lay the keys whilst offering huge multilingual support.

There is a Polish mode on my iPhone and the keys are qwerty so maybe is won't be such a big difference.

I would wait for some more answers from natives of Poland.

:)
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
14 Jan 2009 /  #6
Thinking back to typewriter days, some Pol-Ams used to easily Polonise their US-keyboard typerwiters by replacing a mere three rarely used keys (like the fractions which can be made with the diagonal 1/2, the cent sign which could be made with a c and backspaced /, and the @ which was close to useless in the pre-email era).

All you needed to type Polish was £, Ż and a dead key containing the acute accent (')and (˛). You first struck the ' and then the letter to fit under it to get ć, ń, ó, ś and ź, adn teh ˛ and then the a or e to fit above it get ą and ę.

Dunno if this is possible on the keyboard you are referring to, but maybe it's worth a go.

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