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Re: [Bug-apl] Online interpreter

From: Elias Mårtenson
Subject: Re: [Bug-apl] Online interpreter
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:00:58 +0800

Not really. Tablets usually use a popup on-screen keyboard.

I'd say that APL is probably more appropriate for Tablet use than any other language that I can think of, thanks to the fact that you have to type so much less, and typing is the worst part of tablet use.

Thus, a good Android UI should strive to minimise the amount of clicking and typing necessary. I'm not entirely sure how that could be done. I've been thinking of actually paying an Android UI designer to do this. But, if there are people willing to do it for free, that would of course be better. :-)


On 13 April 2014 21:46, Juergen Sauermann <address@hidden> wrote:

wouldn't the tablet approach be to draw the APL symbol with your finger on the screen :-?

/// Jürgen [still keyboard user]

On 04/13/2014 03:38 PM, Elias Mårtenson wrote:
With the exception of the lack of popup keyboard, it's already so much better than tryapl it's not even funny. :-)

Great work!

In related news, I've been thinking about how to best handle APL input on Android. I think this project screams for an Android port just about now.

The rest of the work in getting the Android version running (porting the APL interpreter itself) should be fairly trivial. The difficulty is getting the input right, and I'm not really a fantastic mobile designer. Anyone on this list who has had any thoughts around this?


On 13 April 2014 21:30, Juergen Sauermann <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi Thomas,

cool, even colors are working!

Some commands don't, for example ]KEYBOARD which could be useful
for users without proper APL keyboard setup.

Thank you for this.

/// Jürgen

On 04/13/2014 02:49 PM, Thomas Baruchel wrote:
Also, using the arrow keys to select from the command history would be neat.
Work in progress...


I integrated the _javascript_ code to http://terminal.jcubic.pl/
Full terminal emulation with readline-like arrow up/down history
I added the exciting free Source Code Pro fonts by Adobe: https://blogs.adobe.com/typblography/2012/09/source-code-pro.html
Removed the initial banner: what is good for a console was a little too "heavy" for a web app; no more main() function;
now GNU APL is used as a mere library from the _javascript_ wrappers.

Virtual keyboard to come again (soon). If you want to test it; you have to copy/paste your APL characters.

Best regards,

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