Too many keys in Polish keyboard

Bug #1468799 reported by Bartosz Kosiorek on 2015-06-25
This bug affects 3 people
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ubuntu-keyboard (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

For Polish keyboard, to standard QWERTY keyboard the new column with Polish letters was added.

It is not optimal because:
1. Adding additional key column, takes space, and for small devices (BQ E4.5) it is hard to use
2. For Polish language there are 9 diactric signs, (ą, ć, ę, ł, ń, ó, ś, ź, ż) but only 3 is available as separate keys
3. In Poland most common used is "Polish Programmer" keyboard (it is also used on Android phone). The diactric sign are available with SHIFT modifier (Example: SHIFT+a = ą, SHIFT+c = ć etc.)

To improve UX of Polish keyboard, I would like propose to remove Polish keys and use "Polish Programmer" style (with SHIFT modifier). With that solution it will be much easier typying on Polish keyboard.

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Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2015-06-29
summary: - Too much keys in Polish keyboard
+ Too many keys in Polish keyboard
Changed in ubuntu-keyboard (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in ubuntu-keyboard (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in ubuntu-keyboard (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → In Progress
assignee: nobody → Bartosz Kosiorek (gang65)

I must admin that solution for now is quite good. I'd love to use that additional keys, but not all of them are shown; I think that on MX4 it's doing its job.

GTriderXC (gtriderxc) wrote :

I will support Krzysztof in that matter. I also like that few Polish extra keys more. I like them even more on my M10. BUT(!) Bartosz is right about the small screen. I have both bqs: 4.5 and M10. As I like the idea on M10, on 4.5 I write with a touchpen. For small screens this solution is not the best one.

Possible solution:
I'd find it cool to be able to choose the keyboards layouts, cause as I said the by Bartosz criticized solution DOES the job on M10 perfectly!
The only problem I want to report as a bug is "Ź" letter not under "Alt+X" but under "Alt+Z". As the X letter is free on a keyboard, we could use it for "Ź" and Z for "Ż".

What drives me mad when I write on 4.5 with my touchpen is "Ó" and "Ę" as well as "ö,ä,ü " in German. There is the same issue under Android where You want to write "Ę" but the very first suggestion you get on the list is "3".
My proposition would be to modify the keyboard so that we get the letters we want as fast as possible: If I want to write "Ó" I press and hold the O but the first default answer is Ó, not 9!
When You write a text it is more probable that You need letters, not digits. And when You need digits then You mostly need more of them so You switch to numerical mode. Today when I write something on my 4.5, I have to fight with my touchpen for every "Ó" I need by moving the rubber-ended touchpen on a glass screen. I can do it for a "9" but I BEG YOU not for every "Ó".

What can be done so that everyone is satysfied:
1. Ź under X
2. Ó default after long pressing O and 9 or ö on as a choice to swipe.
3. As You see I support both ideas present and proposed by Bartosz. Krzysztof has an 5 inch screen in his MX4. In Aquaris typing without a touchpen is not pleasant experience. On the other hand having a standard "Polish Programmer" keyboard on a tablet is a pity. The buttons of the tablet as so HUGE that all Polish diactric signs could be present as a extra signs.
4. Do not copy Android solutions: see the weaknesses and improve them in Ubuntu :-)

Changed in ubuntu-keyboard (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Confirmed
assignee: Bartosz Kosiorek (gang65) → nobody
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