Character-by-character (as opposed to freehand)

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  1. lastfreedom

    lastfreedom New Member

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    Hello,

    I may be on the market for an SP3 (currently have a Samsung Series 7 Slate), but would like to know whether the handwriting panel supports character-by-character entry as opposed to freehand. I've heard one kludge is to write the first letter, wait for it to be recognized, then tap it to put the panel into character-by-character mode but is there a better way?

    Thanks,

    Matthew
     
  2. jnjroach

    jnjroach Administrator Staff Member

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    To be honest the OSK is much faster than trying to ink in the input panel and is more accurate....
     
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    Unfortunately, I've become quite use to creating IT artifacts (class / sequence diagrams, code, etc.) using the stylus. Using the OSK (on screen keyboard?), I find I am swapping between that and the stylus too often when working in such a mode. I would prefer to use just the stylus if possible.
     
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    jnjroach Administrator Staff Member

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    Handwriting recognition is also quite improved in Windows 8.x as well.... when I'm inking I ink even my labeling of diagrams....
     
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    No way anyone could develop software that would understand my hen scratch no matter how hard I/they tried. ;)
     
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    jnjroach Administrator Staff Member

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    LOL....I lucked out that my writing both script and print are very legible....
     
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    malberttoo Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Ok well now you've got my curiosity aroused, and I apologize for asking the obvious, but... your Surface doesn't do well with your handwriting? I'm amazed at what it does with mine. :D
     
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    So, can I assume there really is no character-by-character option (even via the control panel)?
     
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    Only in correction mode....
     
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    I don't own a Surface but several of my customers do so I have used theirs, (mostly software installs and network config) and like I said, it couldn't understand my penmanship. Maybe the word "it" and "the". That's as far as it went. ;) I can't type well either. ;)
     
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    Well, I did not buy the keyboard and anything I have been posting here and anywhere have been handwritten.

    Coming back to the initial question, you can write in print letters. There is not a letter by letter keyboard "Palm" style.
     
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    hummm...is there a workaround to create a letter by letter conversion using the whole paragraph conversion in the insert pull down tab? Could you not force a memorization of twenty six of those and do a script for each letter so that when you lift your pen off the screen (or something like that) after you ink the letter "a" it translates from ink to, say, Tahoma 12 calligraphy letter A? The writer would certainly have to be pretty consistent and clear in his inking - kinda like the printing that you learn if you are taking drafting or general engineering (if they even do that in engineering schools anymore.) Every "e" looks the same in drafting so that no matter where on earth you go it is readable.
     

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