Can someone from the editorial team confirm a bug about accented characters typing on iOs 11 and fill it on the bug directory?

iOS and iPadOS

Too many english speakers, so I think that's why you did not catch that.

One of the commenters in the general discussion about iOS 11 bugs said that it was not possible to type accented characters on iOS 11.

I got curious and today have investigated it further. It seems we do have a bug.

To reproduce:

1- Enable portuguese / french / spanish / any other keyboard from languages which support accented characters.

2- Open any edit field and select one of these keyboards.

3- In classic typing, you double tap and hold a letter which may have an accented variation such as a that can have an acute and other accents and a popup opens with these options, this is working.

4- But in professional typing you can not make a double tap and hold because if you lift your finger to make the second tap the letter is entered.

5- The way it consistently worked until iOS 10 was you place your finger on the letter and let it stay there for a couple of time, usually one and a half seconds or so and the same popup with the accented variations would open, so that you move your finger to the desired option and then lift it to enter the appropriate character.

6- But this do not work anymore.

This is an extremely serious bug for those who have to type in these languages on a daily basis, because many times classic typing is not a productive enough option and the professional typing is preventing us from typing the characters we need in the texts.

if you can, please confirm this and fill a bug on your directory, I can not do it from my user account.

Work Around

There is though a work around I have found.

1- In professional typing, find the letter to be accented.
2- Lift your finger, you will enter that letter. But do not move your finger, just let it away from the screen but at the very same position it was.
3- Now double tap and hold.
4- You will see the popup. Move your finger to the appropriate character and lift, you will enter the correct character.
5- Blearg ... now move one character back with the rotor and delete the non accented character you entered when you first lifted your finger...
6- I suppose if you double tap and hold directly where the letter is you can skip the steps 1 2 and 5 but this is the way direct touch typing works not the way professional typing does. This is a bug that needs to be fixed.



Submitted by Louis on Thursday, October 12, 2017

I just submitted this proble to Apple Support this week. Th technician is supposed having submitted also to the engineers. The problem doesn't appear for users that don't use VoiceOver. I hope that Aplle will correct this issue before long. It's very embarassing and disapointing. It may be because Apple seems to have chnged the virtual keyboard. I cannot confirm it because I don't perceive any change.

Submitted by Raul on Thursday, October 12, 2017

Same here, using iOS 11.03

Submitted by DrummerGuy on Friday, October 13, 2017

I also have the same problem with accented characters. In my daily basis, I am always switching between English and Spanish and, like some of you, have also encountered the same problem. I have already talked to the Apple Accessibility people and have submitted this report. Hopefully, it will be fixed soon. At the time I reported this, they told me that they had not heard of that problem yet. Now, if all of us report this issue, I am confident that it will be taken care of promptly.

Submitted by splyt on Friday, October 13, 2017

Editors of AppleVis? Someone read this entry?

This should be filled as a serious bug in order to people who use languages other than english that include accented characters have a chance to aknowledge that before taking the decision.

The bug has been confirmed by at least two other people. What do we have to do in order to have the bug entry filled on AppleVis?