Re: Punctuation Voiceover hints needed and Direct Touch question was RE: [FlickType] Have any FlickType keyboard users upgraded to iOS 14.8?


 

Luke,

I expect if I could tap very quickly on the right letter using direct touch, I would never have had a need for FlickType. I've been using a computer keyboard since 1981 and my iPhone since 2013 but if I get 10% of the letters correct when trying direct touch on my SE 2020, I'd be surprised. I'd be interested to hear what sort of screen you're tapping on to tap the correct letter most of the time using direct touch without vision. That sounds like some sort of miracle muscle memory which I don't have.

Alan Lemly

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From: hello@flicktype.groups.io <hello@flicktype.groups.io> On Behalf Of Luke Davis
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Subject: Re: Punctuation Voiceover hints needed and Direct Touch question was RE: [FlickType] Have any FlickType keyboard users upgraded to iOS 14.8?

On Sep 16, Alan Lemly wrote:

I’m also curious how much vision those using the Direct Touch keyboard
setting have. Are you using Voiceover? My understanding of direct touch was that you had to tap on the correct letter to get good output.
Yes and know. Vision is not a factor.
You can tap very quickly on the right letter, and it will be typed.
However if you linger for an instant, it just identifies the letter without typing it.

So if you get the letter positions right the majority of the time, this can be a very efficient way of typing.
If you put your finger on the keyboard and move it around to find a letter and then lift it, the letter will not be typed. However if your position of lifting is accurate, you can tap once and will get that letter.
It is something of a hybrid of standard and touch typing.

It lives up to its name of "direct touch", since touching on a letter, then immediately lifting your finger, will result in the letter being typed. That is the same experience as a non-Voiceover user has, which is what direct touch areas are all about.
However, if your finger stays on the letter, slides to another one, or does anything other than immediately lift, no letter is typed and the letter is just announced.

It's easy enough to rotor to typing mode and give it a shot--it's worth trying.

Luke

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