Issues related to text entry using remote.

14 Feb 2008 - 2:21pm
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sajid saiyed
2005

Hi,
I would like to know opinions or prior experiences on the issue of
handling 'text entry on screen' for UI's which are controlled by a
remote (a remote with keypad).

Do your users prefer a particular approach over other?
Is there a best (or a good) remote keypad layout for text entry?
How do you deal with this issue when the keypad has only numbers and arrow keys?
or
How does it change when you have a ball or a scroll pad on remote?

I understand that this is a very broad question because a lot can
change based on layout of the remote, controls on the remote like
scrolls, cursors, ball etc.
Still I wanted to get a feeling of different kinds of issues you have
come across for any type of remote based text entry.

-sajid
http://www.ssdesigninteractive.com/blog

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14 Feb 2008 - 5:10pm
Kim McGalliard
2006

My most recent experience with this is with Apple TV and the new ability to
download movies, music, etc directly to AppleTV rather than going through
ITunes and syncing it. This new functionality is great - it really makes
AppleTV worth it for me, but the process of entering my username and
password to ITunes in the interface using the simple apple remote was
cumbersome. It took me several tries to correctly enter my password and it
took awhile since you have to CLICK through CAPs and lowercase and numbers.
You can hold down the button to scan, but it's easy to miss your target.
Thankfully you can save this info and don't have to enter it once it's
saved, which is important as well.

If the apple remote was similar to the ipod where you could scroll through
numbers and letters, it would have been much easier, so for me, having the
ability to scroll is key to any on screen application.

Kim

On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 2:21 PM, sajid saiyed <sajid.id at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I would like to know opinions or prior experiences on the issue of
> handling 'text entry on screen' for UI's which are controlled by a
> remote (a remote with keypad).
>
> Do your users prefer a particular approach over other?
> Is there a best (or a good) remote keypad layout for text entry?
> How do you deal with this issue when the keypad has only numbers and arrow
> keys?
> or
> How does it change when you have a ball or a scroll pad on remote?
>
> I understand that this is a very broad question because a lot can
> change based on layout of the remote, controls on the remote like
> scrolls, cursors, ball etc.
> Still I wanted to get a feeling of different kinds of issues you have
> come across for any type of remote based text entry.
>
> -sajid
> http://www.ssdesigninteractive.com/blog
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14 Feb 2008 - 7:02pm
Charlie Kreitzberg
2008

It is often useful to design an auto-complete function so that users
can select completed words from lists as they enter partial strings.

Also, the ability to define shortcut entries for common words can be
useful.

Charlie

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15 Feb 2008 - 5:31am
Alexander Baxevanis
2007

I guess most people who have entered text on a mobile phone using a
multi-tap or predictive text method would feel at ease doing the same
on a mobile phone. Potential issues:

1) Keys on remotes usually having much different feel from those on a
mobile phone keypad, so it may be difficult to quickly do repeated key
presses for multitap
2) The distance between the keys (on the remote) and the text display
(on the screen).

I've seen on-screen keyboards, haven't tried to use them but I think
it would be quite hard and slow to type anything on them. Some STB
manufacturers now have optional wireless (IR) keyboards with their
STBs, but I'm not sure widely deployed those have been.

Hope this helps,
Alex

On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 7:21 PM, sajid saiyed <sajid.id at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to know opinions or prior experiences on the issue of
> handling 'text entry on screen' for UI's which are controlled by a
> remote (a remote with keypad).
>
> Do your users prefer a particular approach over other?
> Is there a best (or a good) remote keypad layout for text entry?
> How do you deal with this issue when the keypad has only numbers and arrow keys?
> or
> How does it change when you have a ball or a scroll pad on remote?
>
> I understand that this is a very broad question because a lot can
> change based on layout of the remote, controls on the remote like
> scrolls, cursors, ball etc.
> Still I wanted to get a feeling of different kinds of issues you have
> come across for any type of remote based text entry.
>
> -sajid
> http://www.ssdesigninteractive.com/blog
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>

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