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On-Screen Keyboard Maliit Demoed With Gnome 3 66

Developer Jon Nordby has posted a video demo of the on-screen keyboard Maliit — intended "to be the input method project for MeeGo and other GNU/Linux-based embedded/mobile platforms" — working on a tablet running Gnome 3 under Fedora. Nordby mentions that Fedora packages are in the works for those who'd like to try it out. The keyboard looks impressively smooth and flexible (including language-specific character sets); I only wish it had the smooth-swiping predictive ability of keyboards like Swype.
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On-Screen Keyboard Maliit Demoed With Gnome 3

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  • Re:swype sucks (Score:5, Interesting)

    by StripedCow ( 776465 ) on Saturday April 30, 2011 @10:54AM (#35984398)

    Keyboards should also be sensitive to the application being used.

    For example, if I'm using "vi", i'd like to have a big Escape key, and it should recognize the commands specific for this editor.

    Maybe virtual keyboards should be assimilated by editors.

  • by Duncan J Murray ( 1678632 ) on Saturday April 30, 2011 @11:03AM (#35984456) Homepage

    I was at a conference recently watching a fantastic speaker who spent his life's work on elucidating the pathogenesis of antiphosholipid syndrome, and next to me was someone attempting to take notes on an ipad. Clearly somewhere in her distant memory were ideas of happiness and bliss, of form and function coalescing on the future of technology that would be her companion for the conference. The reality was somewhat different. The 20 wpm typing speed was particularly hampered by the visual presentations, which frequently interrupted her fervered hunt and pecking of the keys and word suggestions. I dare say all the effort involved precluded any understanding of the speaker, but I can't besure of this. I can be sure that it proved finally to all who noticed that data input will never be a strong talent of a tablet.

  • by Hazel Bergeron ( 2015538 ) on Saturday April 30, 2011 @11:25AM (#35984546) Journal

    The British economy has reached the stage where real work done is inverse to amount of disposable income. We're a land dominated by clown management consultants with stupid toys which would never be suitable for any real productivity.

    I assume the US is going the same way: as far as our relationship goes, we either lead or follow y'all.

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