This is the main screen that shows up when you start the Charmap MIDlet. You can use the edit area like you normally use an edit area on your phone, like copy&paste text to/from it or type any new text. There are a few extra menu items available in this edit area:
This is the most interesting feature of the CharMap MIDlet. Here you can choose characters and add them to the edit area.
The top of the screen (above the black line) is the header line. It shows the current mode and position on the left and the selected characters on the right.
The bottom of the screen shows the current character map, by default in 16 columns. If your screen is small, you can switch to 12 or 8 columns as well.
This is the mode when charmap starts. It shows the current Unicode offset in the header line. Cursor keys move the selected character, the select key selects the current character into the list of selected characters. Long press of the select key or selecting the same character three times selects the current character and returns to the edit area.
Pressing # shows information about the currently selected character. Pressing a digit switches to Input mode. Long press of * switches to Cursor mode. Pressing * while the list of selected characters is not empty removes the last key from that list. Pressing * when nothing is selected switches to Command mode.
Any other key returns to the edit area.
Input mode shows the currently input text and an underscore (as a cursor) in the header line. In this mode you can enter hexadecimal numbers to move the cursor to the given position. All keypad keys are defined according to the following table. Any cursor key switches back to normal mode and performs that key, any other key returns to the edit area.
|Key||Short press||Long press|
|*||Backspace||Edit input in text field|
|#||Go back to Browse mode||Return to edit area|
Scan function will scan forwards or backwards to find the next available character (after a gap of not available ones). In case no character coverage data is available, it will scan forward or backward to find a character that has a width different from the current character.
Cursor mode can be used to control the cursor with the keypad (in case your phone does not have any dedicated cursor keys). All other keys act like in Browse mode (but Cursor mode stays active).
|Key||Short press||Long press|
|5||Select||Select and return to edit area|
|0||Edit position in text field|
|*||Remove character||Back to Browse mode|
Command mode is used to configure the CharMap view. It shows *#_ in the header line. The bottom of the screen shows a short summary of available commands. Any key not listed below acts like and switches back to Browse mode.
|1||16 column mode|
|2||12 column mode|
|3||8 column mode|
|4||No Repeat delay|
|5||Small Repeat delay|
|6||Medium Repeat delay|
|7||Large Repeat delay|
|0||Toggle Repeat emulation|
|*/#||Back to Browse mode|
Repeat emulation is designed for phones that do not support long or repeated key presses. When repeat emulation is on, (*) is shown at the beginning of the header line. In this mode, the * key cannot be used for its normal function. Instead, press * followed by a key to emulate a long press of the key, or press *## to emulate a long press of the # key, or *#* for a long press of the * key. Pressing ** will create a short press of the * key. All other keys act as normal.
Some phones provide a touch screen. The header row is split into 4 fields: The left one (that shows the position) switches to the "edit codepoint" view. The next one toggles additional "soft buttons" on the screen - first only up/down/page/scan buttons, when pressed again, a soft keypad is shown. The next one (that shows the selected characters) removes the last selected character and shows details for it. The last one accepts the currently selected characters and returns to the edit area. Clicking a letter moves to that letter and adds it to the selected characters. For a long press of a key, click the "Long" soft button (which changes color) followed by the key to press.
The charmap midlet can analyze font coverage of a specific font or of all fonts. The result of the analysis can be displayed in the edit area, or it can be saved in the MIDlet to improve CharList (hide unavailable glyphs) and CharMap (scan) functions. You can start coverage analysis by selecting an uncovered glyph in the char map, pressing *9, and selecting the desired operation.