rotate button sucks on the XO

NoiseEHC NoiseEHC at
Sun Mar 1 17:53:37 EST 2009

Eben Eliason wrote:
> This whole argument, I feel, is fruitless.  That's just my opinion, of course.
> The touchpad isn't readily accessible in handheld mode, and was never
> made to be.  I'll continue to suggest that the cursor simply be
> automatically hidden in handheld mode, and that a simple means for
> taking full advantage of the handheld buttons which are present be
> made available to activities in a standardized way.
This argument rests on the wrong assumption that the user can only 
rotate the screen in handheld mode. Of course the user can open the 
laptop as a book and read it rotated while using the touchpad with one 
of his thumbs.
> A suggestion for how this standardized system might work is laid out
> rather clearly at  I'd
> very much like to see an API for the press and press-and-hold states
> of these buttons so that activities could take advantage of it easily
I have read this page but it does not talk about screen rotation at all. 
Unfortunately (last time I checked) most of the activities are handling 
keyboard focus badly and they usually need some help with the touchpad 
to focus to their scrollable area. In handheld mode it means opening the 
screen a little bit as david Lang has just said.

A footnote is that this latter touchpad usage conflicts with the one I 
have talked about halfway on this page, just imagine it.... :)

I would like to hear a similarly interesting conversation about the 
xvideo surface and X11 driver, please!

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