Finger Graffiti

Nkoli coomac at
Mon Jul 30 05:01:04 CEST 2007

On 7/29/07, Giles Jones <giles.jones at> wrote:

> I don't think your finger will slide around the screen easily enough
> to make it work. Even if it does it will leave lots of smears on the
> screen. Also I don't see that typing is any slower than graffiti if
> the keyboard is well designed. I just hate using handwriting
> recognition, I've used it on Palm, Windows Mobile and use it now on
> my Nintendo DS.
> If you're like me and don't write on paper all that much you get
> irritated with having to write very perfectly on such devices, I'd
> also say typing uses less effort and you won't get finger/joint ache
> if you use it a lot.
> I think the major problem with small screen size and text entry is
> seeing the screen with your finger in the way.

Yeah, early onset finger arthritis could be an unpleasant side effect. As
for the screen, it will have smears already from regular use.. which might
actually help with easier sliding. I also find handwriting recognition
software quite painful to use, but in conjunction with a smart dictionary to
compensate for similar characters (ie recognize that strokes for 9re9t
should really be interpreted as great and replace on the fly), the
experience might be improved.
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