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Predictive Soft Keyboard User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132462D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that uses a graphical cue for the user to locate the next possible letter when typing on a soft keyboard interface. The cue is based on existing predictive technology to recommend the next series of letters by highlighting them.

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Predictive Soft Keyboard User Interface

Disclosed is a method that uses a graphical cue for the user to locate the next possible letter when typing on a soft keyboard interface. The cue is based on existing predictive technology to recommend the next series of letters by highlighting them.

Background

Currently, text can be input on devices (e.g. multi-purpose network printers/scanners) using a touch-screen LCD soft keyboard; however, users are often not accustomed to typing on a very small keyboard on a touch-screen. Because the layout is too small to type normally the user must “hunt and peck”, continually looking for the location of the next letter to type. Figure 1 shows a typical soft keyboard. 

General Description

The disclosed method uses a graphical cue for the user to locate the next possible letter when typing on a soft keyboard interface. The cue is based on existing predictive technology to recommend the next series of letters by highlighting them (see Figure 2). Current methods (used on mobile phones using a hard keyboard) insert the whole predicted word. This method shows the next predicted letter(s) and gives the user the option of selecting it. This is an inherently more user-friendly interface. When a user hits a soft key, the interface will highlight the next probable set of keys. For example, when typing the word “thanks”, the user presses the letters “T”, “H”, and “A”, then the keyboard highlights the next possible letters in the word...