Yet another keypad idea

OJW openmoko at
Sat Sep 8 15:47:15 CEST 2007

On Saturday 08 September 2007 14:17, Giles Jones wrote:
> I don't see how pressing three keys for one letter is faster than  
> predictive?

As a contrived example, try typing "" using predictive 

(obviously some other method would be default for emails and memos and 
anything else that's mostly dictionary-words)

On my phone, the ":" character is "options, insert options, insert symbol, 
down, right, right, right, right, use", i.e. 9 or 17 keypresses instead of 2.

Remember that browser URL bars, and Bash (to name two apps) already support 
their own autocomplete.  A predictive-text keyboard would need to integrate 
with the browser history, or the bash-history to get good matches, rather 
than using the facilities which are already there.  If you're SSH on another 
machine, or entering text into a AJAX-autocompleting webpage, then the 
keyboard program may not even have access to the relevant dictionary.

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