Openmoko Bug #1864: Keyboard needs to have a non-predictive mode

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Tue Aug 26 18:50:23 CEST 2008

#1864: Keyboard needs to have a non-predictive mode
    Reporter:  iknowjoseph                   |        Owner:  openmoko-devel
        Type:  defect                        |       Status:  closed        
    Priority:  normal                        |    Milestone:                
   Component:  unknown                       |      Version:  Om2008.8      
    Severity:  normal                        |   Resolution:  duplicate     
    Keywords:  2008.8, keyboard, predictive  |    Blockedby:                
Reproducible:  always                        |     Blocking:                

Comment(by Yorick):

 Replying to [comment:13 zecke]:
 > Replying to [comment:11 Yorick]:
 > > Replying to [comment:9 zecke]:
 > > Are you sure it would not be usable Zecke? I used raster's Full Qwerty
 keyboard, with my fingers and it works great! The keys are much closer
 together on that keboard than on the predictive one...
 > No, I'm not. I'm just confident that we will get a new wave of reports
 if we turn off the prediction. So the question is what is the issue and
 why is someone asking to turn off prediction.
 > My answers to that are:
 >    a) He is entering IP addresses, passwords and such. In that case
 turning off prediction can make a lot sense. This would need solving in
 two ways. Be able to set proper hints on the input (password, ip, no
 prediction) and then the inputmethod can honor that. But that is a lot
 more than just turning off prediction in the keyboard.
 >    b) The prediction is not good enough. This is the case for non us
 languages (as there are no wordbooks) and even the US dictionary does not
 contain important words. The source of our dictionary is gutenberg (IIRC)
 so stuff like www, yahoo, msn, or 4u (for you) and other SMS shortcuts do
 not show up. In that case it is a matter of providing dictionaries for
 other languages or that contain the word. E.g. you can install the
 wordbook app and "train" www and your issue should be solved.
 >    c) What do I forget? To ask why do we need to have a non-predictive
 > I'm still in the process of trying to understand why you want to disable
 predictive mode and that disabling it is the best thing we can do.

 I understand what you are trying to say, but:

 a) The question is not about turning prediction off, but _providing_ a way
 to turn it off and on. Because I don't think it will be possible to use
 those "hints on the input", because even under normal circumstances (like
 in an SMS) where English-speaking people would like the predictive input
 you will sometimes type names of people/places

 b)in rasters keyboard one can already add his own wordbook
 One of the *current* big flaws also is that there is no button to add a
 word to the dictionary, so at this stage the predictive keyboard is not
 really user-friendly.

 We're not asking that you throw away predictive mode, but that we can
 disable it and enable it whenever we want (just like on every other phone
 I have ever used...). Especially since there is not yet a way to change
 dictionaries (on this keyboard, on the one from raster there is) and no
 way to let it learn new words.

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