Patch Messaging Change "Enter Key" To Create Newline

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Description

I know a lot of people really like sending messages that are coherent, and a great way to do that is with the newline character. However, pressing the ENTER key in the messaging app sends a message, rather than typing a newline character. This page will show you how to (easily) change that action.

Prerequisites

  • Rooted phone.

Process

  1. Log in as root.
  2. Mount the file system as RW.
  3. Enter the /usr/palm/applications/com.palm.app.messaging/app/controllers directory.
  4. Change compose-assistant.js (line 109) and chatview-assistant.js (line 133) and set enterSubmits to be false.
  5. In the handleTextAreaKeyUp function in compose-assistant.js (lines 313 and 314) and chatview-assistant.js (lines 2225 to 2226), comment out the following lines:
    this.considerForSend();
    #: Event.stop(event);
    
  6. To actually display newlines in the chatview: In chatview-assistant.js, in the ChatviewAssisant::preFormatChatList method (around line 1313), locate the lines:
    if(msg.messageText && !ChatFlags.isTransient(msg.flags)) { 
    #:: msg.messageText = msg.messageText.escapeHTML();
    #::}
    
    and add the following just after:
    msg.messageText = msg.messageText.replace(/\n/g,"<br>");
    
  7. Mount the file system as RO.
  8. Reboot.

Post-Mod Screenshots

Messaging-newline1.jpg Messaging-newline2.jpg

Issues

  • When moving down a line, you can't get the first character to be lower-case.

Further Development

  • I'm sure this is quite simple, but as I said before, I haven't put too much time into this yet... It would be really nice if we could use a SHIFT+ENTER to type a newline, and only pressing ENTER would send the message as it does now. That way, everybody wins.

Author(s)

  • xluryan