Typing by Tapping and Talking
In This Chapter
Moving, changing, and generally messing around with the keyboard
Dictating instead of typing
The first time most people lay hands on a tablet, they’re impressed with the screen and the ability to tap an app and read the web or consult email. But then comes the inevitable question: How do you get your thoughts and wishes from your brain to your fingers and into the tablet?
Here are the words you need to know: virtual, handwritable, voice-recognizable, plus a bit of intelligent prediction. Oh, and swipeable.
- Virtual, as in an onscreen keyboard that appears when you need it; usually at the bottom of the screen where you need to enter text, but in most situations you can also float and move it.
- Handwritable, as in a touchpad that changes your writing — block letters or even most forms of cursive — into words.
- Voice-recognizable, as in the tablet listening to your voice and putting your words onscreen.
- Predictive, as in the ability of the tablet to make an educated guess about what you’ve started typing.
- Swipeable, which is somewhere between handwriting your characters and tapping them. For reasons known best ...