No way to auto-repeat keys in the OSK

Bug #1234886 reported by Jamie Strandboge on 2013-10-03
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Canonical System Image
Bill Filler
Ubuntu UX
ubuntu-keyboard (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Auto repeat doesn't seem to work. If it is a hidden gesture or feature, it is not easily discoverable.

$ adb shell system-image-cli -i
current build number: 78
device name: mako
channel: stable
last update: 2013-10-03 13:05:32
version version: 78
version ubuntu: 20131003
version device: 20131002.1

Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

Maybe this is ubuntu-keyboard instead. Adding a task for it, please adjust as necessary.

tags: added: avengers
affects: maliit-framework (Ubuntu) → ubuntu-keyboard (Ubuntu)
Günter Schwann (schwann) wrote :

What should be auto repeated? If you mean the backspace, than have a look at

Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

Backspace is indeed the most useful, but others are too, especially when using the terminal. For example, we don't have an email client on touch so I use mutt in a terminal. I need to use h, j, k and l to move around. If I have 200 messages, I have to tap 'j' 200 hundred times to go to the bottom of the list of emails. I think a double-tap hold might work well, but I'll leave that to others to decide.

Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

This bug can probably be closed since backspace is working. I'd still like to see a gesture like double tap and hold for arbitrary characters though.

Bill Filler (bfiller) wrote :

I think the issue here with auto-repeat is that press and hold currently invoke the popup menu with additional characters (for some keys). We'd need a mechanism to invoke the auto-repeat. Maybe press and hold for a certain amount of time would invoke auto-repeat. Needs some guidance from design here.

Changed in ubuntu-keyboard (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in ubuntu-keyboard:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
tags: added: osk-usability
Daniela Ferrai (dferrai) on 2014-06-24
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: nobody → Benjamin Keyser (bjkeyser)
summary: - No way to auto-repeat
+ [osk] No way to auto-repeat
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: Benjamin Keyser (bjkeyser) → Daniela Ferrai (dferrai)
John Lea (johnlea) on 2014-07-22
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: Daniela Ferrai (dferrai) → Giorgio Venturi (giorgio-venturi)

This does not apply to OSK, only to physical keyboards

Changed in ubuntu-ux:
status: Triaged → Incomplete
tags: removed: osk-usability
summary: - [osk] No way to auto-repeat
+ [physical keyboard] No way to auto-repeat
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: Giorgio Venturi (giorgio-venturi) → Olga Kemmet (olga-kemmet)
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: Olga Kemmet (olga-kemmet) → nobody

This is an relevant issue with the external keyboards in the tablet and phone. Can we fix it?

Víctor R. Ruiz (vrruiz) wrote :

By the way, the problem with autorepeat is fixed with "native apps", but no in XApps (Desktop apps).

Pat McGowan (pat-mcgowan) wrote :

This bug got hijacked from a legitimate feature request for the osk to a keyboard bug
The physical keyboard bug in xmir is lp:1591356
I will restore this to the original intent

summary: - [physical keyboard] No way to auto-repeat
+ No way to auto-repeat keys in the OSK
Changed in canonical-devices-system-image:
assignee: nobody → Bill Filler (bfiller)
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
milestone: none → backlog
status: New → Confirmed
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