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Enhancement for word-prediction

asked 2014-02-06 18:23:38 +0200

gordon_pcb_designer gravatar image

updated 2014-02-06 18:31:52 +0200

Keyboard and word-prediction works very well for me, but i'de like to suggest a little enhancement in order to make more quick to write: could be very useful if the first-left suggested word become "automatic accepted" using spacebar. Due very often this word is the right one, should become unnecessary to tap that word (in case of typo for instance, or in case of very long word) but just accept the suggestion with spacebar to go ahead to write the following word.

This enhancement also works as "auto-completion"

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And what if you want to press space and the word is not the right one? (And what if you want together pressing spaceship and the word is nothing the right one?)

pycage ( 2014-02-06 21:22:37 +0200 )edit

@pycage: in that case, nothing strange might happen: in your example you just have to tap on the right word you want exactly as is now. But, very very often the right word is the first-left. Anyway, what i'm asking for is nothing more than the Lumias high-end (such as Lumia 820) word-prediction, and with that system i'm able to write faster and "better". That's it

gordon_pcb_designer ( 2014-02-06 21:43:24 +0200 )edit


Too often I have to correct words because the guessing did not work correctly! It takes more time to correct than to select the proper word or even write the word to the full length! If you would have more karma, this would be the first question I would have down-voted!

jgr ( 2014-02-07 00:21:37 +0200 )edit

@jgr: i'm not so sure if you understand exactly what i mean, because there is nothing to "correct because guessing didn't work properly". If you want to use the "correction and proposed word" you could, if no you could go ahead to tap on whatever word you want. Anyway, i'm much faster writing with my Lumia 820 compared to my Jolla, that's the reason about my porposal. But probably it's just me........

gordon_pcb_designer ( 2014-02-07 00:34:14 +0200 )edit

Tapping on whatever I want means: It is proposed. Often enough, it is not proposed -- probably not included in the dictionary. And then, my Android tablet has that system, it simply enters most stupid things when I enter space -- even without me expecting this stupid behavior.

I am not a machine. Machines based on simple algorithms but trying to predict what I want will fail.

jgr ( 2014-02-07 01:09:37 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-04-18 10:18:09 +0200

hetas gravatar image

I'd like to have this option. It could be implemented by having the first "prediction" in the word bar show the word excatly as you typed it. The second word would be the auto-prediction. Space and punctuation would pick the auto-prediction. If auto-prediction is incorrect you can tap the first word to keep what you typed or tap some other prediction.

Popular Android keyboard Swiftkey has this option.

It should be selectable in the settings if you want to use current behaviour or the auto-completion.

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The above suggestion to me sounds spot on.

Setok ( 2014-04-18 10:34:16 +0200 )edit

This is exactly what I've tried to argument for in the discussion to the question.

Mohjive ( 2014-04-18 10:56:43 +0200 )edit

This would be perfect. +1

boxel ( 2014-08-22 12:06:23 +0200 )edit

Sorely missed feature. I've been observing the word prediction feature, it looks fairly reliable. Adding "hit space to use word", even as a feature that users can disable, would be a great way to improve the typing experience. This is one of the major steps back from my days with Android.

spidernik84 ( 2015-04-21 20:20:47 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-12-07 09:40:12 +0200

thoys gravatar image

All this posts are very old now.

Is it still possible to bring this question up and implement it in SailfishOS?

I think it will be possible to make it as an option, everyone can choose if he/she wants the automatic accept or not.

I think it will be a very big good thing for many people.

Have a nice weekend


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Another great feature in Lumia I'd like to see in SailfishOS is that touching word already entered (eg whn you noticed typo few words before), highlights whole word and shows suggestions to correct it. It really speeds up writing.

pemek ( 2018-12-07 11:55:42 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-02-07 08:53:50 +0200

AxMi-24 gravatar image

Please no or at least allow it to be turned off. Typing in a different language would be hell since you can't press space without accepting a wrong word. This is just like swype. Fine if you use only english but for everyone that knows more than english it will hardly be optional. I know you can switch layout and language but not all are supported and sometimes it's just PITA to switch just for a short msg.

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But with Swype in the n9 you always had the option to type the single word you are talking about "manually" means letter by letter.

zemideluxe ( 2014-02-07 09:58:15 +0200 )edit

@zemideluxe: The problem: When you type space, it will replace what you typed by the most left predicted word. The result is horrible (see the discussion in question thread).

jgr ( 2014-02-07 11:51:21 +0200 )edit

I got the point. In the end my message is that word-prediction is just one part. On the n9 I experienced Swype as very comfortable way of writing with very few mistakes especially when you are walking or moving because you don't have to hit every letter exactly while swiping an you have many cursor options and user friendly shortcuts, too.

zemideluxe ( 2014-02-07 16:11:27 +0200 )edit

@jgr you're right i guess i been using the terminal to much but it already have tab complete. In sms i think it is good as it is, i mostly type the first chars and press the right word. Auto complete only works for English, it's actually more of a headache to use auto-complete then to not use it in other languages.

abc123 ( 2014-02-07 22:43:47 +0200 )edit

@abc123 this is a big issue here. Other languages have terrible support for this kind of thing. Especially some where distorting words is common so that the dictionary has no chance to keep up.

AxMi-24 ( 2014-02-08 12:33:32 +0200 )edit
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