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Vision impaired users need to be able to tab to different navigation points (most would like to submit their answer after typing it in), so no this should not be the default setting. Using other key combinations like: shift+space or ctrl+K is not widely standardized but easy to learn and would not hinder keyboard navigation, so this is a good compromise for ...


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Computer companies (Microsoft in particular) strive to be backward compatible. In addition to there being some software that still uses scroll lock (Excel has been mentioned in other responses), there is hardware that depends on scroll lock too. For example, many KVM switches use it as a hot key to switch to another machine.


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Trace typing cannot replace key-based entry methods because it does not have the capabilities that key-based methods do. In order to provide a smooth input experience, trace typing is generous in converting your swipes to words rather than precise. Thus it represents a "best guess" as to what you intended to type based on your action and on the words it ...


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Consider yourself to be a very rich man. So rich that there's a fridge attendant in your house whose only role is to open and close the fridge: You come home one day and approach the fridge, saying loudly "Oh, I'm starving". The attendant picks the cue and opens the fridge. At this point you may pick something from inside. Regardless, you perform an ...


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Trace typing isn't new. It was invented over a decade ago and was known as IBM SHARK. There are several crucial differences between current smartphone keyboards and the original concept: SHARK used a non-standard keyboard layout called ATOMIK. The purpose of this layout was to greatly reduce the number of mis-recognitions by making the shapes of common ...


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In most cases, dismissing the modal keyboard on a non-modal (or "click outside") tap provides a better user experience. Here's why: Slide-in keyboards are very intrusive. They occupy an enormous amount of the screen, even on tablets, and even if the form isn't occluded by the keyboard, user perceive a physical sense of intrusion when the keyboard shows ...


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Since you asked for data, the following answer on skeptics stackexchange has good references to two studies which conclude that there is no net performance advantage to using swype over conventional touch keyboards: http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/26471 The two studies are here: http://m.pro.sagepub.com/content/56/1/1591.full.pdf ...


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The wikipedia page on Swipe states: The creators of Swype predict that users will achieve over 50 words per minute, with the chief technical officer (CTO) and founder Cliff Kushler claiming to have reached 55 words per minute. This appears to be based on company claims rather than actual evidence. However, even if we take these claims at face ...


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I agree that you would want to make the most of available space on your UI. Let me tell you that you are not alone. I have seen applications using the practice you mentioned on Android. I am not sure of other platforms. It has always been annoying at first to operate that interface when the action button is missing on UI, but soon I got used to it. Should ...


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Evil Closet Monkey is right, but I would like to add that even if the GO button is visible, it still is easily overlooked. People expect the keyboard to appear when an input has focus and therefore is meant for that input only. This will not count for all users but there will be users that look up at the app when they are done typing, looking for a button ...


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That wouldn't be advisable. Take a simple interface... ... and now close the keyboard (something many keyboards can do, through a direct button press or other user action)... ... now what? It is not appropriate to allow the user to reach a state where they have to figure out what to do. In the above situation they have to tap back into the search ...



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