Funnily enough, someone was asking about virtual keyboards on gtk-list this morning
Last week at the MeeGo Conference
several people were talking about virtual keyboards, and the idea came up of doing predictive text, either by making more likely letters physically larger, or merely by increasing their sensitivity.
based on a third-order Markov chain. It's quite fun to play with, especially on a touchscreen.
When I showed this to a few people at Collabora and elsewhere, Rob McQueen
suggested avoiding reinventing the wheel by using the rather wonderful Dasher
system as a back end. So, after a longish hacking session, here it is:
State of the keyboard after typing "FLO".
Click here to see a video of the keyboard in action
The front end shown here is just a custom GTK widget I threw together; in real life it would use an existing input method. I've exaggerated the differences between letter sizes for demonstration. (As I mentioned above, the physical letter sizes might not change at all.)There is a wiki page about all this
. Let me know if you'd be interested in helping work on this; I'll be releasing the code shortly, and adding a link on the wiki to it. (Odd thought: I wonder how useful another
There is also an existing roughly similar system for Android
, and, I hear, for the iPhone.Update: An AJAX version you can play with.