Proceedings: GI 2019

WiseType: A Tablet Keyboard with Color-Coded Visualization and Various Editing Options for Error Correction

Ohoud Alharbi (Simon Fraser University), Ahmed Sabbir Arif (University of California Merced), Wolfgang Stuerzlinger (Simon Fraser University), Mark D. Dunlop (University of Strathclyde), Andreas Komninos (University of Patras)

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2019: Kingston, Ontario, 28 - 31 May 2019

DOI 10.20380/GI2019.04

  • BibTex

    author = {Alharbi, Ohoud and Arif, Ahmed Sabbir and Stuerzlinger, Wolfgang and Dunlop, Mark D. and Komninos, Andreas},
    title = {WiseType: A Tablet Keyboard with Color-Coded Visualization and Various Editing Options for Error Correction},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2019},
    series = {GI 2019},
    year = {2019},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {978-0-9947868-4-5},
    location = {Kingston, Ontario},
    numpages = {10},
    doi = {10.20380/GI2019.04},
    publisher = {Canadian Information Processing Society},
    keywords = {Text entry, predictive text, virtual keyboard, touchscreen, auto-correction, error correction, error detection, backspace},
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To address the problem of improving text entry accuracy in mobile devices, we present a new tablet keyboard that offers both immediate and delayed feedback on language quality through autocorrection, prediction, and grammar checking. We combine different visual representations for grammar and spelling errors, accepted predictions, and auto-corrections. and also support interactive swiping/tapping features and improved interaction with previous errors, predictions, and auto-corrections. Additionally, we added smart error correction features to the system to decrease the overhead of correcting errors and to decrease the number of operations. We designed our new input method with an iterative user-centered approach through multiple pilots. We conducted a lab-based study with a refined experimental methodology and found that WiseType outperforms a standard keyboard in terms of text entry speed and error rate. The study shows that color-coded text background highlighting and underlining of potential mistakes in combination with fast correction methods can improve both writing speed and accuracy.