Poll: What's your favorite 43S layout?
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a) 11.94% 8 11.94%
b) 80.60% 54 80.60%
c) 7.46% 5 7.46%
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A poll again, concerning the 43S (again)
01-07-2015, 01:42 PM (This post was last modified: 01-07-2015 01:44 PM by Han.)
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RE: A poll again, concerning the 43S (again)
I still don't understand why the layout is STILL being discussed. If you do it in a modular way, it won't matter, and users can rearrange the keys to their liking. On the software side, the keyboard should rely on a key table. On the HP48, this was basically a ROM pointer to the actual code for that key. Thus, changing the behavior of the n-th key simply meant changing the n-th ROM pointer. On the hardware side, make the keys so that one can "pop" it out and move it.

The only thing that may still be an issue are the labels that aren't on the keys themselves. Here, perhaps overlays could be used. So do as HP did -- make a decision and go with it. People will buy them if the calculator is well made. But make it modular so that people can "customize" their calc. During first boot up, have them set up their default keyboard by asking them, in sequence, to press the + key, the - key, and so on, so as to assign the key table.

And if you can't make the hardware modular, then just make labels similar to the WP34S, but still have the initial boot up step of setting up the key assignments.

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Poll results - walter b - 01-10-2015, 01:26 AM
RE: A poll again, concerning the 43S (again) - Han - 01-07-2015 01:42 PM

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