Monday, 09 January 2012 11:59

Your iPad typing might not be as bad as you think

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Seeing some strange errors when you type on an iPad? Don't be too quick to blame auto-correct or your ability to hit the correct keys.

After buying an iPad, did you blame the increased number of typing errors on the absence of a physical keyboard, or auto-correct 'guessing' that you meant a different word to the one you mistyped? There might be more to it than that.

Dave Addey, an iPhone and iPad developer in the UK, wondered why he was getting so many typing errors, so he videoed the screen while he typed. That allowed him to watch the video to see which keys registered a touch, and the order in which they registered.

His analysis of the video showed that some keystrokes registered on the keyboard didn't make it into the document. For example, "i have" became "iave", which was then auto-corrected to "image" instead of "I have".

One suggestion is that Addey's finger slid off the 'missed' keys rather than being lifted, and so the action was ignored. That's the way other UI items work, but it's questionable whether it is appropriate behaviour for a simulated keyboard.

Addey's video is embedded in his original blog post.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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