[Loadstone] Find & show area

Shawn Kirkpatrick shawn at odyssey.cm.nu
Wed Jan 9 11:22:45 GMT 2008

The new system does something like that. In navigation mode the long arrows 
will do a show area in that direction and long select does a show area in 
all directions. Find point can be mapped to a key and defaults to long * but 
that may change before release. In exploration mode shift of the numeric 
keys will do a show area in the given direction and shift 5 will do it for 
all directions. There's a shortcut to find point with shift *.
There's probably no point in bringing up the dialog on a show area since 
it's likely to find something unless you have a database with not much in it 
and an unreasonable search radius.
You couldn't represent the search results in screenfulls (on what size 
screen?) since there's only one result on screen at any one time. More often 
than not you want a low number of search results to start with anyway.
Having the search radius in kilometres makes sence since you're probably 
searching for points further away from the current position. Having the 
number in metres would just result in bigger numbers.
Unfortunately the user interface just doesn't seem to provide any good to 
specify what units things should be in. By the time you get the prompt up 
there's no room for anything else. Even worse symbian does provide for doing 
things like this but series60 doesn't use those fields for some reason.

On Wed, 9 Jan 2008, arimo at iki.fi wrote:

> Hi
> On Tue, 8 Jan 2008, Shawn Kirkpatrick wrote:
>> This could probably be done but that would introduce an extra step in the
>> show area function making it a bit slower to access.
>  The access speed difference is plusminuz zero, one extra selecto for one
> less arrow down. There is currently six keystrokes to get from navigation
> mode to show area.
>> Access to these functions has been improved for the next version.
>  Great:-) How about following scheme in both navigation and exploration:
> arrow will open show area -type list in given direction and pressing
> select will open current find- type dialog in all directions.
>  To stay even more consistent between exploration and navigation modes
> arrow up could always be  'in front', ie  in exploration mode heading of
> latest virtual movement.
>> I've been thinking of making the find dialog save the last search criteria
>> but don't know if it'll get put in or not.
>  I'll vote to put it on.
>> For the results field you can type in the number instead of using the
>> arrows. I think the adjustment step is handled by the dialog framework and
>> might not be adjustable.
>  Ok... how about  defining it as a 'screenfulls', ie for example ten
> results per single unit?
>> The search radius is in kilometres, consistant with other things.
>  I haven't found any other setting presented in kilometers so far.  They
> are in metres, seconds or just numbers.
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