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Getting the Most of Your MATLAB Mobile Keyboard 3

Posted by Michael Katz,

I’ve stopped being surprised when I talk to iPhone and iPad owners and find out they don’t know that you can tap and hold most keys on the virtual keyboard to get additional related keys. For example, on almost any iOS keyboard, tap and hold the “A” key to selection of accented a’s.

Extended keys for A on iOS

In MATLAB Mobile 3.1 on both iPhone and iPad, we’ve incorporated this behavior for each of the symbol keys in our custom keyboard rows. We’ve grouped symbols together in a way we think are logical: brackets, quotes, punctuation, math operations, logical operations.

Here is a catalog for the iPhone:

MATLAB Mobile parenthesis extra key
MATLAB Mobile quotes extra key
MATLAB Mobile semicolon extra key
MATLAB Mobile plus extra key
MATLAB Mobile equals extra key

The iPad has the same set of keys in addition to the digits 0-9. The digit keys do not have any extra keys behind the tap & hold.

Let us know what you’d like to see in the next iterations of the keyboard, in the comments below.


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Yair replied on : 1 of 3

BTW, the tap-n-hold feature is also available on droids…

Suggestion – add the shift variant to the digit keys (e.g., the key 2 will display 2 and @)

Ryan Gray replied on : 2 of 3

Nice touch to have added the extended keys to your custom ones. A while ago I submitted a wishful enhancement request to have a calculator mode keyboard that would let you operate on ans and pick from vars in the workspace. This way, you wouldn’t have to fiddle with function names and parens for simple things.

Kevin replied on : 3 of 3

Another suggestion – to key people into what the long press does, you can put a small icon of one of the long press keys in the corner.