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

Chuck Dean

Hello Ellen,
I believe that slide type is a little bit like Fliktype, we are only supposed to approximate the letter, and then move to the next one. My experience is that once you select the first letter and you get the pass-through sound, then you can quickly move to the general area where the other letters are, and you will hear suggestions of what word it things you are trying to type.
I’ve been trying to slide type a little bit, and I think with some extra practice, it might be usable. Go

Chuck  (mobile)
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On Sep 18, 2021, at 7:49 AM, Alan Lemly <walemly@...> wrote:


Thanks so much for the additional details about your direct touch experience. I'm impressed with your error rate while using direct touch. I don't believe I'd ever only make 11 errors when direct touching a 60 plus character sentence. It's encouraging to learn that others are successfully using direct touch so I'll keep a positive attitude about it and keep practicing with what is available. I especially intend to practice slide to type. I really wish it were possible to have a setting that would allow VoiceOver to quickly speak each letter as your finger is sliding over it that would enable those of us using our ears to stop on the correct letter before moving to the next one. I expect this might be too difficult to implement or take more resources than currently available in these devices.

I very much appreciate your helpful replies and happy typing.

Alan Lemly 

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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?
Alan Lemly wrote:

> 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, I didn't intend to suggest that I did. :)
I simply explained what direct touch typing was, and how it could be
effective. I did not mean to imply that I was effective with it.
In fact I usually use a combination of touch typing, dictation, and Flicktype.

However, for purposes of this response, I typed the following sentence:

This is a test of my ability to type on this touch keyboard.

Using direct touch typing on the same model phone that you are using.
I made 11 errors total, the 11th of which was because I thought I had
selected the punctuation keyboard to enter the closing period, but was
still on the letters keyboard so hit a Z instead. I probably wouldn't make
that mistake normally, so I consider myself to have made 10 realistic
13 words, 60 characters, and 10 errors, is an approximate 16.7% error
rate, or getting approximately 83.3% of the letters correct by your
That seems positive, but that much correction would be annoying in normal

I then did the same sentence again, this time in touch typing mode, and
made only one error, in what felt like the same length of time.

My conclusion is that, for me, touch typing is better. While I could
probably get used to direct touch typing, and maybe even get better at it,
I'm glad I don't have to.


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