Monday, April 15, 2013

Dasher - Zooming Text Entry Interface for Composing Written Information

This method of text entry may not be for everyone, but it certainly holds possibilities for those that have difficulty with a standard keyboard. Pointing to letters creates a zoom effect and the more you zoom in, the longer your piece of text will be. It's actually quite difficult to explain, so the post title will direct you to a YouTube video of the program in action.
This interface was designed for efficiency - probable pieces of text are given more space than improbable words, for example misspellings. The language model learns the way you write and remembers words you've used before. You can train it to your writing style by simply opening a document you've previously composed.
The Dasher project is supported by the Gatsby Foundation and by the European Commission in the context of the AEGIS project - open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards). Dasher is free and can be downloaded here.

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