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CHAT: HW recognition ( was: programming langs)

From:Brook Conner <nellardo@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 16, 1999, 18:40
Boudewijn Rempt writes:
 > On Mon, 15 Nov 1999, Charles wrote:

 > > I was hoping for some new thoughts on how to talk to the computer.
 > > We've had shells and GUIs, neither is sufficient, everybody really
 > > wants some form of speech recognition. So what's the syntax and
 > > semantics of it? I'm just wondering.

 > I don't want speech recognition! I want handwriting recognition,
 > in any script!

CalliGrapher from ParaGraph (a division of Vadem) is far and away the
best handwriting recognition engine I've seen, bar none. It accepts
print, cursive, and arbitrary mixes (even within a word).

It *does* use dictionary lookup, so it is somewhat language-dependent,
but telling it to explicitly use character-by-character recognition
turns off the lookup (I use this when writing Japanese names (in Roman

You can get it for WinCE (ugh), or Windows (as PenOffice, which also
adds nifty app-specialized stuff) (of course, a tablet is recommended,
but you'd be surprised at what this thing can do with mouse-written
text - check it out - they have a Java applet demonstration at

(I have no financial interest in ParaGraph - I just think they have a
great product).


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