[OT] iPhone anyone?

Joe Lewis Wilkins pepetoo at cox.net
Sun Jul 1 13:08:22 EDT 2007


This is going to make the keyboard highly "english" dependent, I  
should think. I haven't even been concerned with "localizing" my  
projects, but for the iPhone to have truly universal appeal that is  
probably a must concern for its software.

Joe Wilkins

On Jul 1, 2007, at 9:48 AM, Ken Ray wrote:

> On Sat, 30 Jun 2007 20:39:57 -0500, Chipp Walters wrote:
>
>>   - Absolutely could not type on the keyboard. Very difficult.  
>> Perhaps
>>   my fingers are too large. Where's the stylus when you need one?
>> (Side note:
>>   there WILL be a huge market in 3rd party styluses for this thing.)
>> My guess
>>   is they'll have to fix the keyboard input. AFAICT, it's just not  
>> usable.
>
> When I first heard about the keyboard, I was really wondering if it  
> was
> going to be usable. But I saw this video
> (http://www.apple.com/iphone/usingiphone/keyboard.html) shows that the
> keyboard has predictive capabilities and autocorrect features so that
> it will allow you to (a) type words incorrectly and still have them
> show up properly, and (b) expand the touch area of a letter to make it
> easier to strike it. For (a), take a look closely at the tail end of
> the video where the person is typing up an email with two thumbs - he
> makes a lot of mistakes, but the iPhone autocorrected his text as he
> was typing. And for (b), which is also in the video, here's the  
> example
> they gave: If you are typing a word that starts with "tim", the iPhone
> knows that there aren't any common words that start with "timr" or
> timw" (the "r" and "w" are on either side of the "e" on the keyboard),
> so it *widens* the tap zone of the "e" key by taking most of space  
> from
> the "w" and most of the space from the "r".
>
> I personally haven't tried it, but I would guess that based on this
> info, and it only may apply to certain apps, but I think we'll have to
> wait a few weeks to see how people are doing with it to get a good  
> feel
> for whether it becomes usable. It may be likely that people are trying
> (logically) to type real words are are correcting themselves before  
> the
> predictive/autocorrect features can kick in (I know *I* would if I
> didn't know about the keyboard features above).
>
> Just my 2 cents,
>
> Ken Ray
> Sons of Thunder Software, Inc.
> Email: kray at sonsothunder.com
> Web Site: http://www.sonsothunder.com/



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