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Texting Layout

Phones with a full keyboard, like Blackberries and iPhones, need optimized layouts just as much as any other keyboard. But as I have discovered, it’s actually a pretty simple optimization. Check this out.

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Thoughts? Improvements?

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  1. phynnboi
    August 31, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Looks like you have the right idea. I assume you’re trying to stick mostly to the left and right edges and avoid “home row” jumps.

    • September 1, 2009 at 8:14 pm

      Actually, I was mostly just optimizing for hand alternation. But those sound like good criteria.

  2. mwe
    October 27, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I believe that thumb-keyboards need just the one criterion: that you’ll never press a key immediately to the left or right of the previously pressed key.

    Perhaps you should penalise jumping too far in one go: e.g have extreme “same-hand” utilisation, that you’ll stay on one side of the keyboard for long periods at a time.

    I would just be happy to have an iPhone/Android keyboard that lets me rearrange keys as I see fit. Surprisingly there’s a terrible lack of such.

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