Is special handwriting still required on today's PDAs?
March 21, 2006
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Hi, Andrew. Yes, today's PDAs still require that you learn a handwriting-recognition system to input letters and numbers. Palm devices, such as the Z22 and the Zire 31, use Graffiti, where you write in block characters that are similar to traditional letters. The catch is that you have to do it in a specified manner and direction so that the PDA can recognize the entry. For Windows Mobile devices, such as those made by Dell and HP, you have a couple more options for text input that aren't quite as restrictive. There is Block Recognizer, which is similar to Graffiti; Letter Recognizer, which imitates the act of printing letters; and Transcriber, a system that recognizes either printed or cursive handwriting, as long as you write legibly. Granted, none of these methods (both Palm and Windows Mobile) of text entry is ideal, but the silver lining is that it gets easier over time.
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