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

Raymond Savoie ray at nonnormal.com
Thu Apr 24 21:20:21 CEST 2014

Hi Dan,

On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 1:22 AM, Dan Pascu <dan at ag-projects.com> wrote:

> Actually you do not need to. The solution is painfully obvious and simple.
> You just type the letters and blink sends the corresponding digits for you.
> i.e. type A/B/C and it sends the DTMF for 1, D/E/F send 2, ...
> It has internal mappings between letters and digits that follow those on
> telephone keyboards.
> In short you can type any letter, digit or #* and it sends the right thing
> for you.

This simply doesn't work for me.  I just tried calling an 800 number with a
bunch of letters in it and it doesn't work.  All that happens is a "Not
Found" error. The letters don't get converted to digits, at least not for
dialing.  Maybe once the call is established: I haven't tried that.

> The only issue right now is that it only accepts uppercase letters, but
> it'll be fixed in the next release.

Tried upper and lower case.  Neither worked.  I'm running 0.8.1.

> P.S. I never understood why people prefer convoluted solutions over the
> plain and simple ones. I mean when I have a full keyboard at my disposal,
> why would I prefer a virtual one that mimics one from device that uses a
> limited keyboard because of size/price constrains? I guess habits die hard.
> To be honest I wouldn't be surprised if people would buy USB devices that
> mimic old phones with their limited keyboards just to place a phone call
> from a software client using the interface they got used to...
> Maybe I should start that business ;)

Why do you claim a popup DTMF dialpad to be a "convoluted solution"?  Why
do you claim that Blink's solution is "plain and simple"?  Those are both
subjective assessments and, I think, matter of perception. If recent
queries on the mailing list are any indication, novice users don't
necessarily share your opinion. Also, you should realize that most novice
users probably don't subscribe to this mailing list, so I would argue that
a lot more people are put off by the lack of a DTMF dialpad than you might

Sorry if this is a controversial subject: I'm not trying to upset anybody,
just trying to express another point of view.

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