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Beginning iOS 4 Application Development by Wei-Meng Lee

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Chapter 6. Keyboard Inputs

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER

  • How to customize the keyboard for different types of inputs

  • How to hide the keyboard when you are done typing

  • How to detect when a keyboard is visible or not

  • How to use ScrollView to contain other views

  • How to shift views to make way for the keyboard

One of the controversial aspects of the iPhone is the multi-touch keyboard that enables users to input data into their iPhone. Critics of the iPhone have criticized its lack of a physical keyboard for data entry, whereas ardent supporters of virtual keyboards swear by its ease of use.

What makes the iPhone keyboard so powerful is its intelligence in tracking what you type, followed by suggestions for the word you are typing, and automatically correcting the spelling and inserting punctuation for you. What's more, the keyboard knows when to appear at the right time — it appears when you tap a Text Field view, and it goes away automatically when you tap a non-input view. You can also input data in different languages.

For iPhone application programmers, the key concern is how to integrate the keyboard into the application. How do you make the keyboard go away naturally when it is no longer needed? And how do you ensure that the view the user is currently interacting with is not blocked by the keyboard? In this chapter, you learn various ways to deal with the keyboard programmatically.

Using the Keyboard

In iPhone programming, the views most commonly associated with the keyboard are ...

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