Keyboard should be able to auto-detect dictionary language

asked 2014-12-17 12:19:09 +0300

tokaru gravatar image

After typing e.g. 4 or 5 subsequent words not found in the current dictionary, the system could look up other dictionaries and - only if all words are found - automatically switch word prediction to the detected language.

Ideally, it would do this check all the time during typing, so that it is possible to seamlessly switch between languages when composing a text.

Note: this only makes sense when it is also possible to have dictionary independently from keyboard layout. Auto-switching keyboard layouts during typing is not desirable, obviously.

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I'm very sceptical about such automatic solutions. What if I switch from German (native language, keyboard language set to German) to English only to type the title of a pop song I'm currently listening to? Or the title of an article I recommend? The language switching you suggest would kick in probably at the end of the short English phrase and assume I keep typing in English until after 4-5 more words it realizes I've switched to German again.

My Android phone goes even further and suggests words from all active keyboard languages if it doesn't find one in German. That's even more annoying. (I understand it's not what you suggest.)

I prefer computers that don't try to be smarter than they are. :)

ossi1967 ( 2014-12-17 12:56:03 +0300 )edit

For me, it would be cool, I had with Audium a similar feature and I loved it, even I don't remember if it was a Adium or OS X feature. I have it so often that I switch my keyboard to english/spanisch/german and then I type some minutes later in german/english/spanish/french. E.g. in french the keyboard is terrrible for me - i can't find the letters. I would be glad when I would get all words of all languages I use suggested. For me it was ever a pain that everything is so inflexible with the languages. I ordered also the TOHKBD in german layout, but mostly I will use to write spanish followed by english, german, french.

DiosDelRayo ( 2014-12-17 14:08:16 +0300 )edit

As long as the suggestions are not auto-corrected without explicitly tapping them, I wouldn't mind to receive other-language suggestions for the first few words after switching the language - but of course this might vary due to different usage scenarios. So we probably need the inevitable "make it an option" comment ;-)

tokaru ( 2014-12-17 18:19:27 +0300 )edit