It has not been long since Windows 8, the successor of Windows 7 has been launched by Microsoft. The Windows OS is mainly targeted to merge the dynamics of tablets, desktops and laptops. Since tablets have handwriting recognition keyboard with addition to the desktops; now in Windows 8, the desktops get to have handwriting recognition keyboard as well.
The Windows 8 package already carries the handwriting recognition keyboard with it, there is no need to install it separately. But what you do need is a surface whether it’s a electronic surface pen, or a simple touch surface, they both do the job. But of course, writing with a mouse is hard and actually prolongs the typing time rather than be of aid and reduce it.
So the mouse for the handwriting recognition keyboard is definitely a no go! The results will be jerky if tried so. But fingers (given that you have a touch screen, or a more convenient tablet PC) the handwriting recognition keyboard will give you satisfactory results. But that is at the cost of the frequent smudgy-ness of the screen and the time you take to clean it again and again.
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An even more convenient solution for this handwriting recognition keyboard is the stylus. Now we have seen styluses since the dawn of the touch phones came. The styluses did become extinct in between but Galaxy Note has made them come back in trend once again. So has Microsoft with their handwriting recognition keyboard. There are many styluses out there but the Jot Pro stylus is a good one when one is looking for a start. And so once the stylus has been set to work, the results are extremely satisfying and it does a best job between the mouse, the finger and itself.
To get the keyboard to work and function properly, you have to write in the vast space but you have to make sure that it is leveled with the referenced line. After you are done writing, click or tap the Insert button so that your handwritten contribution is added to the text document, but you have to make sure of one thing; the word processor i.e. Microsoft Word as in the most common case is opened in the background or you have to be in the text section of the respective email document client.
As for the editing there are four options available to the user. They are Correcting, Deleting, Splitting and Joining. The options are available if you click the help button that is next to the backspace button of the on screen handwriting recognition keyboard.
The functions are easy and their touch gestures are as follows:
- To Correct – Click the word and the letters separate. Re-write above the letters. Note: Optional words are also suggested.
- To Delete – Strike through the word.
- To Split – Draw a vertical line between the letters.
- To Join Words – Draw a “U” line below the characters.
The handwriting keyboard is a good application but its application is limited to small time documenting only. Given the fact that people are much more comfortable with the physical keyboard, it’s going to take a lot of time for people to get adjusted to this. And of course the speech recognition also presents a rivalry to the handwriting keyboard which in fact also produces amazing results. But nevertheless, the handwriting keyboard is a good accessibility tool.