Allow switching to left-handed use

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Firefox for Android
Theme and Visual Design
P4
normal
6 years ago
a year ago

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(Reporter: madhava, Unassigned)

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6 years ago
The design on phone (native) and on tablet (XUL, at the moment) both make a lot of tradeoffs in favour of right-handed use. We should allow switching into a more left-hand-specific layout.
This feature will be noticeable for large screen phones (like Samsung Note 7000, Galaxy S2, Droid Razr, Galaxy Nexus) and especially for tablets. 
For example Tab Menu button/Tab panel could be moved could be moved accordingly to the desired hand usage.

Updated

6 years ago
OS: Mac OS X → Android
Hardware: x86 → ARM
Blocks: 702845
Implementers working on this bug should also take into account RTL languages, which I suspect will also have an effect. So we need a solution for:

A) Right-handed user, LTR language
B) Left-handed user, LTR language
C) Right-handed user, RTL language
D) Left-handed user, RTL language

My gut tells me that A and D will not actually be the same, nor will B and C.

Gerv
I'm also wondering what "left-hand-specific" means, because I'm right-hand dominant but tend to hold my phone in my left hand. Finding the new tab-button placement very inconvenient.

My US$0.02 for this bug would be: Please aim to keep the UI neutral with respect to handedness. Maybe keep the most-used controls within the union of the areas in reach of average-length left OR right thumbs. The old hidden-to-the-sides UI felt like that to me, though admittedly I have longer-than-average thumbs.
(In reply to Cristian Nicolae (:xti) from comment #1)
> This feature will be noticeable for large screen phones (like Samsung Note
> 7000, Galaxy S2, Droid Razr, Galaxy Nexus) and especially for tablets. 
> For example Tab Menu button/Tab panel could be moved could be moved
> accordingly to the desired hand usage.

This has been my experience. The placement of the new tab button wasn't really an issue on my HTC Desire but the button is pretty much out of reach on the Galaxy S II.
This only frustrates me more, every day I use Nightly on my Motorola Photon. 

Would it be worth filing another bug to get "New tab" added to the menu, like it is in the stock Android browser? IMO, the top & corners of the phone are the worst placement for UI elements considering the overlap between either thumb's arc of reach. But, I can at least hit the menu softkey easily with either thumb.

I'd rather have something ambidextrous than the option to switch handedness - because I'd want to switch it all the time.
Duplicate of this bug: 750133
I commonly use my phone with my right hand, and I find the close tab buttons a strain to reach with my right thumb. It seems to me that there's no one solution that would please everybody, W.R.T. button placement, so the ideal solution would be to enable switching between "important UI on the left" and "important UI on the right" modes.
Component: General → Theme and Visual Design
Maybe this would make a good project for a team of students or a highly motivated contributor, if someone is willing to mentor it...
Whiteboard: [student-project]
(Reporter)

Comment 9

4 years ago
See "Mobile Firefox RTL Support" here: http://ucosp.ca/projects/

Comment 10

4 years ago
Hello, could you please assign me to this bug. I am a member of the RTL team that will be completing this bug as part of our UCOSP student project with Mozilla. 

Thanks, 
Danielle
Assignee: nobody → icatchcows

Comment 11

4 years ago
Mark: Thanks!

Comment 12

4 years ago
Hi,

I'd like to suggest having the RTL communities to participate in testing for RTL support. Please let me know if we (the Israeli community) can help with testing on various devices available on the local market.

Updated

4 years ago
Blocks: 928663

Updated

4 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 966923

Comment 14

3 years ago
Has the assignee abandoned the bug? Fennec is almost unusable for left-handed users. This issue is exacerbated by the complete lack of tabswitching gestures (Chrome has some greatly working swipe gestures to switch tabs or open the tab card view).
I don't believe anyone is working on this or what happened to the work in progress here. There are further tab interaction improvements coming along sometime soon, maybe Ian can point this bug at some RTL considerations?
Assignee: icatchcows → nobody
Flags: needinfo?(ibarlow)
(In reply to Aaron Train [:aaronmt] from comment #15)
> I don't believe anyone is working on this or what happened to the work in
> progress here. There are further tab interaction improvements coming along
> sometime soon, maybe Ian can point this bug at some RTL considerations?

Some of the newer designs are in the early stages, so I don't have much to share in that regard. However bug 909434 is about allowing users to open the tab tray by dragging down from the title bar. Actually not unlike what ferongr is describing here.
Flags: needinfo?(ibarlow)
I don't think this blocks RTL work. RTL will involve some layout changes, but that's not the same as fixing this bug.
No longer blocks: 702845, 928663
Hardware: ARM → All
Summary: allow switching to left-handed use → Allow switching to left-handed use
Whiteboard: [student-project]
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