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A Spoonful of Sugar: Keyboard is wrong type.

Byline: Alan Sugar

Dear Sir Alan

I HAVE had the idea that will revolutionising the computer keyboard. This new keyboard is based on the predictive text method used by mobile phones. Using this method, the keyboard would be far smaller as it would need fewer buttons and would be faster and easier to use. The designs have already been drawn up and completed. I believe this is a truly global idea.

Fabio Peral, by email

Sir Alan says

YOU are a classic example of a layman who thinks they have devised something new. You suggest applying predictive text software, which enables automatic spelling of words with a limited keypad, to a computer. Firstly, don't part with any money or talk to any so-called invention companies about this as you are right up their alley, they are looking for naive punters like you.

As the idea has already been used on mobile phones this clearly indicates that anybody, including Mr Bill Gates of Microsoft, could have introduced it for use on personal computers years ago.

Most people have been trained on and are used to PCs, which allow you to type quickly and then use an automatic spell checker to correct things afterwards.

Predictive text works on a mobile because it has a limited keypad. A PC's keyboard doesn't have such limitations and doesn't need to predict what you are about to write. You have the space on the keypad to quickly do it yourself.

I'm sorry to be so tough and straightforward about this.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2004
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