[Blink] Latest Blink breaks pound DTMF key (#) - sends '3' instead of '#', which is Shift-3

Raymond Savoie ray at nonnormal.com
Thu Apr 10 00:07:30 CEST 2014

On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 7:10 AM, Bart Volgers <bartvolgers at gmail.com> wrote:

> Plaatsen om een kat te zoeken:
> Achter de boeken op de boekenplank.
> In iedere kast die op een te klein kiertje staat.
> Boven op iets heel hoogs.
> Onder iets dat te laag is om onder te kruipen.
> In de piano.

I didn't think to look in the piano!

> >
> > Over my cold dead body ;-)
> LOL!
> Seriously. Think NOT adding keypad is the right thing to do. Having a
> keypad and need to click the keys with your mouse.... That's a really awkward
> user experience. Can't figure out why people want that. Just press the Real
> numeric keys on your keyboard, even using the upper numeric row on my
> laptop is a good user expressions. Or buy one of these nice numeric keypad
> with USB. Plug it in and start dialing :-)
Wow - such vitriol directed against a little virtual keypad!  Here are some
reasons why it such a keypad can be useful, aside from the current
situation where the # key doesn't work:

1) As a novice Blink user, I was looking for the keypad function and
couldn't find it. The GUI is quite simple, which is a plus, but it was not
immediately clear to me that I could simply type the numbers on the
keyboard. Having a virtual keypad that could pop up on demand does not
preclude the ability to capture keyboard input, and I suspect other novice
Blink users may appreciate having the option as well.

2) The virtual keypad could have the standardized letter 'mappings' visible
on each key. (Please refer to http://www.quickiwiki.com/en/Telephone_keypad)
 In North America many institutions will make use of this mapping.  For
example, my brokerage house (Fidelity) requires me to type in an
alphanumeric password using the DTMF keypad.  The letters ABC map to 2, DEF
to 3, etc..

Regardless, of the above it doesn't sound like I'll be able to convince
anybody into adding a virtual keypad.  Apparently the thought has struck a
nerve or something!  Haha!

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