[maemo-developers] Fremantle UI Portrait Mode

From: Cornelius Hald hald at icandy.de
Date: Thu May 28 18:19:05 EEST 2009

as I was asked to write a bit about the fremantle-ization of the Conboy 
UI, I first would like to ask some more UI specific questions. Then I 
can complete this process and write about it.

* What happens with the AppMenu-Filters when in portrait mode? The HIG 
tells me that the 2x5 button layout of the AppMenu will change into a 
1x10 button layout. But what happens with the single row of Filters? 
Will it still be a single row? This is important to know, because it 
would mean that we have to reduce the length of our labels by around 50%.

* What happens to toolbars when in portrait mode? Is there some 
automatic behavior like showing the toolbar as two rows instead of a 
single row? Is it scaled? Is the space between the buttons reduced?
Or do we have to care about this by ourself, for example listen to some 
signal and then hiding some buttons or rearranging them?

* What happens to any other widget when in portrait mode?

* Is there a signal which signals that the screen orientation changed?

* Is there a function to change the screen orientation and can we 
somehow use this with the beta SDK?

The HIG[1][2] is very vague on that matter so it would really be nice if 
someone from the hildon team or the UI specs team could comment on that. 
I think it would be a shame if the new device is finally available and 
every time someone holds the device in portrait mode, everything* looks 
like crap.

Thank you!

[1] http://maemo.org/api_refs/5.0/beta/hig/html/ch02.html
* but the build in applications ;)

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