Thus I figured that it would be fun to try out how a cell-phone panel worked on a PPC.
So this little experiment implements a SIP (Software-Based Input Panel), a kind of Pocket PC
virtual keyboard, allowing you to write text using traditional cellphone input.
The panel is still at a very early development stage - and not really complete in functionality,
but it gives a general idea of how it would work out.
Actually, it's not very good! The result is quite disappointing. The panel is too small (my bad; the WinCE allows larger SIPs), but even worse, I lack the cozy feeling of rubber-buttons under my fingers when I tap around. Maybe if I add a little sound-effect, I can fool the brain into thinking there's actually a fat button being pressed at my finger-tip! Nah, don't think so...
There are a number of interesting custom SIPs available on the internet. For instance,
take a look at
We Europeans (and most others) are complete amateurs in this field, because of course
most Asian countries have been struggling with the problem of user-friendly Input
Methods for ages. Not sure how they do it with all those glyphs to take care of.
But have a look at
for a bunch of funky SIPs.
And of course a number of Hand-writing recognition related material is also available if you want to improve your typing speed with a little code-exercise.
Source Code DependenciesPocket PC 2003
Microsoft ATL Library
Microsoft WTL 7.1 Library
|Source Code (12 Kb)|
Installation (90 Kb)