Silly World Of Touchscreen Typing And Auto-Correction

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‘Sue me’ is entered as ‘sure me’.

‘Ondo’ is entered as ‘info’.

Welcome to the silly world of typing on a touchscreen. It does not matter whether you use the standard onscreen keyboard or Swype or some other type. You will not escape those comical transformations of what you wish to say into what the auto-correction software thinks you want to say.

Going through many comments here on Mobility blog, I see those errors forced on users by their touchscreen device’s auto-correction software, and they are absolutely hilarious.

But the world has gone touchscreen crazy, and so we must live with the trend till mobile auto-correct software get better at interpreting what we intend to say – or till we invent a better text input medium.

Happy touchscreen typing!

  1. You are damn right. One really has to extra-careful and watch out for those over zealous corrections, particularly on those platforms where you cannot add your own words to the inbuilt dictionary.

  2. Although this is a very serious matter, I could not stop laughing from the moment I saw the heading of the post till I finished reading it.

    I know how many times the auto-correct feature has dealt with me but I still believe that I rather than auto-correct feature is at fault most of the time. I ought to be checking each word as I type to be sure what I intended is what is being suggested/recognized.

    I don’t really know about others but I know for certain that I am over-dependent on the feature and that is the reason I make so much mistakes when typing especially when using swipe input. I like cutting corners so much that it backfires sometimes.

    Rather than wish to revert to physical keypad/keyboard, I would rather try paying more attention when typing on touchscreen devices. I still type faster on touchscreen than on physical keypads/keyboards though I make more mistakes with it, but I need to be a little more careful when typing.

  3. Even on my Nokia N8, I use predictive text (is that what we call autocorrection?). It has so much appeal with me such that when I type on my PC, I assume it is there with me.

    The predictive text works even better with the Nokia Belle. It has memory. It remembers words that you’ve typed previously that are no English, like my surnames. It autocomplete my email and some other strange words.

    It can be funny what error we make with it sometimes, but we still love it.

    I hope this comment isn’t infested with autocorrect errors. (it changed error to mirror, just now. :))

  4. It has so much appeal with me such that when I type on my PC, I assume it is there with me


    For people who love text prediction, an awesome Windows PC application is ‘Turbo Type’ – downloadable from Trial mode deactivates in 2hrs. Launch it again and it works for 2 hrs and so on.

  5. i feel autocorrect and touchscreen are NOT necessarily mutually INexclusive. I mean you (can) have autocorrect implemented on hardware keyboard as well as touchscreen.
    I agree entirely with Harry. The benefits of autocorrect far outweigh the demerits. one just needs to pay more careful attention to what one is typing.
    Unfortunately, a keyboard_integrated spellchecker will fail to catch many of those unintended substitutions (but will catch most of them)
    As those predictive engines get more sophisticated (a la TouchP as l on Android), the embarrassing mis-substitutions would progressively less.
    I also believe a bigger screen size and better screen clarity should help keyboardist catch more errors.
    Thank God one can always turn off word prediction- but that would be missing the key benefits of the power of software.
    Damn you autocorrect?

    BLESS you- autocorrect!

  6. I want to find a small Bluetooth keyboard like I had with my Palm Tungsten that I can use with my rebellious touch screen phone and stubborn auto-correct.

    I wish there was a touch screen alternative to QWERTY so you could change it to the older keypad layout. I find I made less typing errors on those.

  7. @Noni

    I wish there was a touch screen alternative to QWERTY so you could change it to the older keypad layout. I find I made less typing errors on those

    On the LG Android phone I’m using, I was using the LG keypad extensively before I found TouchPal keyboard. Now, that is not saying that LG soft QWERTY implementation is bad, in fact it is as good as TouchPal’s QWERTY but TouchPal keyboard extended and enhanced the prediction with look ahead prediction and swipe input.

    TouchPal also has a very good implementation of keypad which I also use sometimes. With this mode, I make less mistakes but also type slower – the reason I use it less often. It supports look ahead prediction in this mode.

  8. Despite all these, where would one be without auto-correct? I will be lost if there wasn’t any Auto-Correct to cling on to! Despite everything, Me still love auto-correct with a passion!

    My E6 only became compelling when autocorrect/Swype was installed deep into the matrix of Nokia Belle OS!

    Just maybe, we’re all lazy. Maybe, Auto-Correct is beckoning on us all to be patient. Do not hit the send or enter button until you’ve edited your message or comment. Isn’t that wisdom? Wisdom thus calls out, but no body hears!

    By the way, instead of fussing so much about Auto-Correct and if we hate it so much, why don’t we just Dis-able the darn thing? Oops. I guess that we CAN’T! You couldn’t or wouldn’t. BECAUSE Auto-Correct IS still better than plain DUMB typing by a Mile!!

  9. For me, any auto-correction software must also be able to learn new vocabulary. Anything short of that gets the boot.

  10. I’m still trying to figure out how auto-correct got pajamas when I tried to type Ogun!

    @ Harry, I use TouchPal because I disliked the stock keyboard that came with my phone. On the one hand, it handles spelling some long words via swiping quite well. On the other hand, have you accidentally turned off auto-correct only to find it a hassle switching it back on?

  11. On Swype for Symbian (haters, go ahead & hate!) I find that the longer a word is, the less likely it is to be mis-substituted, like Noni’s example above,

    For this reason, i usually ‘tap-out’ any word of three letters or less. Longer words, i ‘swype’. This strategy seems to reduce mis-substitutions drastically.

    For those shorter words, if i misspell, as long as it is not a valid word (or a ‘word’ erroneously formerly added to the Swype dictionary), i get prompted (and given the option to add the ‘word’ to the Swype_dictionary).

    I can then catch the error.

    Problem is, one sometimes still misses / ignores the prompt..

  12. @Noni:

    … On the other hand, have you accidentally turned off auto-correct only to find it a hassle switching it back on?

    Yes, that happens sometimes when swiping and it can be frustrating. Mind you, this does not affect auto-correct if you are using swiping. It’s only when you want to tap-type that you notice spelling suggestion is no longer working.

    What I mean is, the first time you deactivates auto-correction while swiping, whatever you tried typing that particular instance would not be recognized, but if you try swiping a word again without first switching auto-correct on, it would recognize what you were trying to type, but if you try tap-typing, you will now notice that word suggestion is turned off.

    There are some English word that you will never be able to get correctly through swiping because those words are not in the dictionary of TouchPal.

  13. @Noni:

    words like ‘exonerate’.

    Has anyone used autocorrect with a
    QWERTY keypad?

    I’m not sure what you mean by the last statement, but if you man if I’ve been able to swipe or type exonerate correctly using TouchPal, then the answer is yes and without issues. In fact, I first tried it through swiping and touch-typing in the QWERTY mode and then keypad mode before commenting.

    By the way, the version of TouchPal I’m using is v4.8.5_ONLINE_ GLOBAL and build date is 2012-02-15

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