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Old 12-14-2012, 05:03 PM   #227
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Originally Posted by kguil View Post
Using UIWebView gives me immense scope for flexible formatting and other cool tricks but has a few drawbacks such as the ones you mention.
I hope you will keep UIWebView and the immensely cool tricks.

To Wulf: the reason I never noticed the other, "swipe to select text" method of highlighting texts in iBooks and the Kindle app, is because it's rather imprecise, specifically: it's one-dimensional, working only to-the-right, but not to-the-left. (Or vice versa.) If you wish to extend a highlight to the left, too, using the swipe-to-select-text method, this doesn't work.

I find this problematic especially for English texts, where many sentences start with extremely short words such as "I" or "A". It's rather difficult to tap & hold a single letter, such as "I" or "A", in order to start highlighting a passage. I actually find it quicker just to tap on any random (and long, thus easily "tappable") word in a sentence, and then drag the right/left selection markers to wherever needed.

At least on the hardware Kindles, there's such a thing as the cursor, so it's easy to move the cursor quickly and precisely in front of an "I" or "A", press the button, and start highlighting. It's difficult to achieve such precision with the tap-and-hold method in the iOS world where cursors don't work within non-editable texts.

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