We have a midlet that needs to allow the user to switch input languages on the fly (its a dictionary type app) between several languages (say English to Arabic etc). All was charming in the "old days" with the numeric keypad, we handled the input ourselves matching 2 clicks on the 5 to feed the correct char to our program. Then came the E71 out, it has a qwerty keyboard and in our canvas KeyPressed we get the character the user pressed, say "a" on the keyboard, now the task of matching this to the correct language (say the user is now searching for the Arabic to English side of the dictionary) involves the task of matching "a" (on the qwerty layout I guess) to the arabic letter that would come out if the layout was arabic. There is a special keyboard shortcut in these S60 devices (varies between devices) that allows the user to pop the input language selector (function + space in the case of E71) but these does not seem to work when our midlet is running. another suggested solution was to somehow use an editable textfield for the input in which case a standard support for changing the input language is offered by the jvm, however we render a canvas (a nice looking one) and replacing this with a textfield is a last resort for us.
So, the question we have is what other solution can someone think of to tackle this issue? or if anyone found a way around this annoyance? best regards, --tzurs