"Predictive" keyboard not actually predictive?

Shawn "prjktdtnt" Thompson mokowatch at projektenterprises.com
Sun Sep 14 12:24:36 CEST 2008

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 12:07:52PM +0200, Neil Jerram wrote:
>> Hello everyone, this is my first openmoko email, so please be gentle!
>> It seems clear to me that the so-called "predictive" keyboard is not
>> actually predictive at all; it is actually "fuzzy", in terms of how it
>> maps your stylus or finger position to a set of possible intended
>> letters.
>> In particular, surely this text in the wiki -
>> "The word recognition will try to guess the next inputs and displays
>> the word it thinks you want to write."
>> - is just nonsense, isn't it?  I've never seen it guess at any letters
>> beyond those that I've already pressed.
>> I'm ready to register and update the wiki to say something closer to
>> reality - but I just want to check first that I'm not missing or
>> misunderstanding something.
> I actually think of it as "restrictive" instead of "predictive" because
> it only allows me to write what it thinks I want, and should give up as
> soon as it couldn't match a word.
> Having to wait 2s per letter for it to write what I want instead of what
> it thinks I want sucks :)
> Rui
I'd have to agree with Rui, I've installed FDOM which has raster's 
terminal keyboard so I just don't worry about it anymore


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