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marshmn
post Dec 16 2004, 05:45 AM
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Hi,

I don't yet own a Z, though I'm thinking of getting a C860 in the new year. I am already however starting to think about writing apps for it.

One thing that I wondered about was how best to handle screen rotation. It would seem to me sensible that when in landscape mode you might want to have a completely different layout than in portrait mode. Is this something which apps tend to do? In other words, they detect that the screen has been rotated and move the widgets around appropriately.

For example, I could think of times where in portrait mode you might want a combo list drop down at the top of the screen, but then when switching to landscape mode I might want to swap it for a list box down the left hand side. Is this something that people do, or would it seem weird to Z users?

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Matt
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xenophobe
post Dec 17 2004, 05:31 AM
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IMHO you can detect screen rotation by change screen dimesion (from 480x640 to 640x480).

As for user expectations, I think it depends on application type.
For example media player on SL-6000 change layout on screen rotation. But I doubt what this is good behavior for text editor.
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