At 26 Jan 2012 17:29:08 -0500 tlvp wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:33:12 -0700, Todd Allcock wrote:
> > custom
> > fretting fie
> ... "greeting for" ... ? (selective lateral translation, looks like)
Excellent decoding, sir!
Ah, the joys of Swype, a replacement on-screen keyboard for Android and
Windows Mobile phones. You swipe your finger from letter to letter on the
screen without picking it up, tracing through the letters of the desired
word. Lifting your finger tells it you're done and it outputs the word
followed by a space. Lightning fast compared to other on-screen
keyboards I've used, but unless you proofread, you occasionally get some
pretty strange errors, since your finger trace goes through a lot of
potential alternate words, and the software has to guess what you were
trying to type. Corrections are simple- tap on the wrong word and a list
of likely alternates pop up, then you tap the correct choice. But when I
post in hurry without proofing and correcting the errors... Well, you saw
how that went!
My only real beef with Swype is that it doesn't seem to weigh the
possibilities by common usage. Often when trying to swipe "to" I'll get
"too" or "roi" (presumably the abbreviation for Return on Investment,
rather than French for "King", although Swype does support several
languages, one at a time.)
Like the "fie" for "for" substitution you pointed out from my last post,
you'd think the designers of the software would rig things so rarely used
words like "fie" or "ROI" wouldn't supersede very common words.
Despite the occasional unintentional substitutions, it's astounding how
accurate the software is, even if your swyping is pretty sloppy. Longer
words work best, since there is less likely to be any ambiguity in a long
word like "ambiguity" than a two or three letter word.
> Another reason to refrain from texting while driving -- driving requires
> eyes on the road to avoid accidents; texting requires eyes on the
> to avoid ... umm ... yes, accidents :-) .
Without physical keys, it's very hard to "touch type" on a smooth piece
of glass, so you tend to look at the on-screen keyboard, rather than the
display portion of the screen you're typing into.