Finger Graffiti

David "Lefty" Schlesinger lefty at
Mon Jul 30 02:38:51 CEST 2007

Graffiti (as it pertains to handwriting systems) is a registered
trademark of ACCESS Systems Americas, not a generic term; you want to
find some alternate terminology.

Sorry, gotta point it out, it's part of my job...

Nkoli wrote:
> So, there I was pretending my phone has a touchscreen while I wait for
> GTA02 when this idea popped into my head for a keyboard alternative. I
> would very much like to hear thoughts. The design would remove the
> onscreen keyboard completely and replace it with a Graffiti-like
> interface that can recognize something as wide as a finger or as tiny
> as a stylus. A couple of icons for a symbols list and other essentials
> that the user may not want to write out (ex www., .com or greek
> letters) will be all that's left of the keyboard. For the sake of
> minimalism, the entire screen, excluding the very top or bottom where
> the icons are, will be used as the input area. The app should be
> activated or deactivated with one touch just like the current
> keyboard. It would have to have some excellent text recognition as
> well as a built in dictionary to suggest words, which should make up
> for any holes in the text recognition. Also, a find as you write
> feature will be handy for finding folders in the main menu, names in
> the contact list or numbers in the logs, basically reducing scrolling
> through areas that aren't primarily text based. The benefits of this
> finger graffiti are that it has a learning curve of zero, eliminates
> hunting and pecking so anyone can write quickly without needing to get
> used to the onscreen keyboard. Oh yeah, it's as fast as you can move
> your fingers and it can easily be done one handed. I have little
> experience with programming and I hardly do more than write little
> time saving scripts nowadays, so I honestly have no concept of what
> such an app would take. What d'you guys think?
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