Solution to the HD2's crappy keyboard!(updated 10/3/2010!now with working xt9 button)
Ive managed to edit some of the xml files for the built in keyboard and i have to say that it works so much better now.
the idea to make the keyboard work better was inspired by how the buttons were spaced on the iphone. i noticed that they were spaced farther apart compared to the hd2 so i painstakingly edited every buttons' "virtual" position and this has resulted in a keyboard that is much more responsive(the lags seem to have lessened considerably) and accuracy in typing is now at par with an iphone.
i never use xt9 so i just removed it(in the 1st three attachments)w/c also resulted in reduced mis pressing it when trying to press an "A".
i also moved the dpad arrows(also in the 1st three attachments) to the top making the period, comma and spacebar easier to press without mistakes.
the backspace button has been enlarged for better ergonomics.
to lycox, thanks for letting me use your skin. heres the link to the original skin's thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=709916
thanks also goes to p107r0 for leading me in the right direction.
this wouldnt have been possible without XmlGui so big thank yous to programatix.
Instructions: download the attached rar files.unrar and copy all files inside the folder directly to the windows directory of your HD2(you will need a 3rd party file explorer like resco to overwrite the existing files). soft reset. thats it...
i strongly suggest to backup all the files to be replaced just in case something goes awry.
do this at your own risk.please dont blame me if your phone suddenly gets bricked. mine worked perfectly after replacing all files.
please leave a comment after youve tried it.
this is only for portrait mode. i didnt touch landscape coz i dont use it...
if theres anyone kind enough to make a cab file out of this please do.
EDIT: if you need xt9 use the Orig KB Edited attachment
Update: i made a version 2 of the mod with the spaces between the buttons even farther apart. some people might find this more comfortable but the mod sometimes results in "no presses". and by the way i succesfully skinned the spacebar and shift key thanks to dinik and p107r0.use the attached sipmap.dll in the fallout keyboard rar file but its far from perfect.eg:the .com button has disappeared.i have to look into this a bit more to fix it...
if you want the original gtx skin just replace the fallout png files with the ones from the edited kb rar file.
EDIT 2: i added an original version with the arrows at the bottom and the xt9 working.
EDIT 3: i know its a bit confusing but to shed some light on all the attached files heres an explanation.
the first one(Edited KB.rar) is exactly like Edit KB by boogiecornejo.cab except in cab form.
the third(FAllout KB.rar) is like the first two except that its semi skinned with a fallout theme.
the last(Orig KB Edited10-3-2010) contains the files needed to replace in the windows folder to get the functionality of my mod using whatever keyboard you already have(assuming its a normal layout eg: with the directional arrows at the bottom) in your device.
i hope that shed some light on whatever questions there are about the files...