22 May, 2020

Introducing Layout Embeds

by Erez Zukerman

There’s a new link at the bottom-left of any keyboard layout you see in Oryx. It says “Copy embed code”.

Click it, go to any blog or forum post, and paste. You’ll get something like this:

If you’re reading this post on a computer, you’ll see a fully interactive version of the layout. You can play the layout tour (if it has one) and explore all of the layers. Since it’s right within a post, you can further explain things, and even embed a few different layouts, discuss, and compare.

Mobile was an interesting challenge for this feature. If you’re reading this on your phone, you’ll see a static image above. Tap it, and you’ll launch into Oryx’s all-new mobile view.

When creating the mobile view for Oryx, we were inspired by apps like Google Maps. Your keyboard layout is very visual - it’s not a traditional document or a video that’s easy to consume on a phone.

With the mobile view, you can zoom in and out, pan through a layout, navigate layers, and tap any interesting keys. You can also play a complete layout tour.

Easier to share and discuss

Internally, we’ll be using this new feature on our Getting Started page and in other places where it makes sense to share a layout.

For you, I hope this comes in handy when discussing your keyboard layout in forums and blog posts. Thank you for reading, and embed away!

Erez Zukerman

Erez Zukerman

Erez Zukerman is the CEO and Co-Founder of ZSA Technology Labs.

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