rotate button sucks on the XO

david at david at
Sun Mar 1 18:43:07 EST 2009

On Sun, 1 Mar 2009, Eben Eliason wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 5:39 PM,  <david at> wrote:
>> On Sun, 1 Mar 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.
>> actually, it's pretty easy to lift the screen a bit and hit the touchpad if
>> you have the screen oriented in portrit rather than landscape (in many ways
>> it's easier than hitting the game keys)
> But /why/?  Can you honestly say that's a desired mode of interaction?
> I think proper support of the keys would negate the need for such
> clumsiness.

two reasons


if you hold the XO in e-book mode with the handle on the top or bottom the 
keys are readily accessable.

however if you hold it with the handle on the left or right they are not 
very accessable.

second, you may want to use the keys for something else and not dedicate 
them to moving the mouse around.

not all activities in this mode are going to be the same, so the best that 
you can do is to steal 6 of the 8 keys to simulate the mouse (four for 
direction, two for the two mouse buttone), that works, but it's not 

one thing that would be very handy would be if the XO could disable the 
mouse buttons when it detects that it is in e-book mode, as-is it's 
possible to press a mouse button accidently when holding the machine by 
that side in e-book mode.

David Lang

> - Eben
>> david Lang
>>> 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.
>>> - Eben
>>> 2009/3/1 NoiseEHC <NoiseEHC at>:
>>>> Aaron Konstam wrote:
>>>> On Sun, 2009-03-01 at 17:06 +0100, NoiseEHC wrote:
>>>> Hello!
>>>> Just today I have noticed some things about the rotate button (which is
>>>> below the directional buttons on the display part):
>>>> 1. When the screen is rotated the mouse does not so if I turn the XO to
>>>> be able to read letters, I cannot navigate with the mouse.
>>>> You can navigate but in a sense sideways. Movng the arrow up makes it go
>>>> up. But relative to the text it is wrong.
>>>> Yeah, just if I turn the laptop to read the text then it is a little bit
>>>> impossible to hit anything with the cursor...
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