Aha! That's just like one I had dreamed up, except less bloated and very sensible. Great job actually doing it; this is very intuitive. I can see that working really well with dragging the stylus through the buttons, with no need for multiple clicks. That could lead to a sort of intuitive graphiti pad -- even moreso with a few graphics effects, where hot spots appear at positions relative to the stylus only if there is a letter in that direction.
<br><br>Unfortunately, you seem to draw letters in a completely different direction than I do. I can see this potentially being user configurable, where one could create his own patterns for letters. Just drag the stylus to draw an "e" as you want, and the system picks up the order in which you drag it through hot spots. I think that could really be the ultimate handwriting style input, finally accepting and building on the fact that people all draw letters differently, and that kind of stuff cannot be unlearned. This way one's keyboard is specially fit for him, which would be really unique!
<br>(Building on the "more than 9 buttons" suggestion, that user configuration could include setting the sensitivity, which would boost the number of hot spots).<br><br>Great work, OJW. This is way ahead of any qwerty layout. Much more suited to a touch screen.
<br>I have some spare time tomorrow, so I will see if I can come up with an example of my own so we can compare notes. Seeing your demo here shows that it's actually a surprisingly clean thing to achieve, code wise.<br>
<br>Bye,<br>-Dylan McCall<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 9/8/07, <b class="gmail_sendername">OJW</b> <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
Just playing with another idea for text-entry:<br><br><a href="http://almien.co.uk/Keypad/">http://almien.co.uk/Keypad/</a><br><br>The idea is to be able to type mixed letters / numbers / symbols /<br>control-characters without having to look at the screen when typing. It
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