Re: 43S Alternative key layout
Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:12 pm
Correction, I am not making a successor for the WP43S. In fact I add no real value - the dev team does that and the math and the OS and the error checking and the structures and the clever coding. I fiddle around to hack a keyboard I like, to slap onto their code. I am not making a new calc.
I really can't - the DM42 keys are fixed. This may be possible on the real 43S though if you convince Walter on the "43S NEWS" forum.
There is a menu with some logs, see EXP.
But this goes against what I want in a calculator. I have a 28C (from those days) and I don't like it because I have to dig into the menus for the most basic functions. I want a compromise calc, and that is what the 43S brings - and I compromise it further by making it 42S-like.
The DM42 hardware has one only, and my goal is to not change that.
His idea of indicating the row is implemented now.
The menu structure and the fact that you see 6x3=18 slots at a time, and can use arrow down to access more levels is done and working in the main 43S project. I accept that and won't change it.Dani R. wrote: ↑Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:00 pmMenu CNST. I can imagine that one assigns oneself more frequently used constants to the function keys F1..F5 and SHIFT-F1--SHIFT-F5. For example, F6 would be NXT to get to the next ten places, alternatively to the cursor keys. SHIFT-F6 could be used, for example, to display the constants as a vertical list at least in the CNST menu, i.e. actually a classic catalog functionality. A disadvantage is that you would only see eight entries at once. An advantage is that you can write the description in a second column in addition to the constant symbols. If a list is opened, the assignments of the function keys with functions like assign to a free position, delete a position, define a user-defined constant etc. change of course.
The problem I see with this menu is that you sacrificed the arrow keys of the DM432 hardware. No go.
My effort is re-designing the 43S keyboard that Walter and the team developed to work on the DM42 hardware without changing the actual buttons.