Text Entry in PDAs with WtX
Massimo Ancona*, Gianluca Quercini*
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2009
First Page: 185
Last Page: 195
Publisher Id: TOERGJ-2-185
Article History:Received Date: 20/05/2009
Revision Received Date: 28/08/2009
Acceptance Date: 10/09/2009
Electronic publication date: 24/12/2009
Collection year: 2009
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Size is a mixed blessing for portable devices. While they feature a wide range of applications and services that can be used anywhere and anytime, their user interface is poor, hampered by the screen size. Furthermore, portable devices are meant to be used everywhere, even in uncomfortable situations (while standing up or walking for instance). Consequently, some tasks get hard to be accomplished. One of them is text entry, which is still far from being as comfortable as on desktop PCs. Different solutions have been envisaged, including small hardware keyboards, software (also called virtual) keyboards, predictive input techniques and handwriting recognition systems. In this paper we give a thorough overview of our text entry tool Word Tree version X (WtX), especially focusing on recent improvements. The new version of WtX features a handwriting recognition system and a mechanism (which we called First-Third-Last rule or simply FTL rule) forcing users to insert the characters of a word so as to improve text prediction.