Extended keyboard customization
On an English keyboard on the iPad, the most important punctuation (period, comma, question mark, exclamation mark) are readily available and convenient to use. On other keyboards, unfortunately, this isn't the case. Russian keyboard, for example, lacks any punctuation in the default mode. This means one has to tap the
.?123button very often, and this is especially annoying in the case of commas (the tap-spacebar-twice-to-enter-period trick helps with the other often-needed punctuation).
There are different solutions to this that I've seen. iA Writers's extension is language-specific, and this is quite convenient to use. Other editors allow to customize the extended keyboard.
I've recently purchased Pythonista and Editorial, and I'm trying to adjust Editorial for my writing needs. I really loved the whole experience, and the automation blew my mind. But, unfortunately, as I write in Russian, the lack of comma on the keyboard is a real inconvenience.
Can you make the keyboard extension customizable? I'd happily sacrifice one of the buttons in exchange for a comma.
And while we're there: auto-paired customizable quotation marks (like «this» for Russian, or „this“ for German) would be absolutely great as well.
That's interesting, I wasn't aware that the Russian keyboard doesn't include punctuation. I'll have to think about this a bit more.
let me start by telling you that I bought editorial some time ago and I felt in love with it. Fantastic!
But, like the initial comment, I do also miss keyboard customisations. At the moment, I'm doing my writing mostly in English, but I'm not a native English speaker. My mother language is Portuguese, and we do use a lot of accents, like à, é, ã, õ, which take a considerable amount of time to type in iPad's keyboard.
Like Helgi mentioned, iA Writer does that pretty well, and it works almost like a normal keyboard, where you press the accent first and then the letter.
I do believe that the main purpose of the keyboard extension in Editorial is to facilitate the usage of markdown, and I don't know how hard it would be to, maybe, offer another keyboard extension, one that you could switch to when needed, but it would be a very nice addition. Right now, when writing in my own language, I have to switch to another application, since putting accents in Editorial brakes my writing flow. Besides that, it is a fantastic writing tool.
been thinking... another option might be to allow users to add extra buttons to the keyboard extension, which could be used to call workflows.
By the way, a workflow that inserts a comma is what I currently use. But the workflow buttons are too far at the top to be used smoothly while typing.
But it looks like iA Writer could be a great source of inspiration.
@indie English isn't my first language either (I'm German, we have umlauts like äöü), but isn't it fairly easy to insert accented characters with the standard keyboard by either tapping and holding or doing a swipe-up gesture on the character that you want an accented version of?
Either way, I'll think about providing a way to customize the extended keyboard, but this definitely won't make it into v.1.1.
@omz well, when you have to do it on almost every word, with variations like à or á it is kind of troublesome, but I get your point.
It would be a nice feature, though. Thank you for the feedback.