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Great overview of Win7 Ink Input and Tablet PC



Jan-Kristian is one of the brains behind the TIP, pen and touch in Windows 7.  He has authored a great post about tablet input in Windows 7 on the Engineering Windows 7 blog. image

He covers off:

  • The new writing pad and some of the thinking behind the enhancements.
  • Smart Correction
  • Url Entry
  • The touch keyboard
  • Text prediction
  • Asian language recognition
  • Math entry

It is a great post with lots of pictures and videos to illustrate the discussion.  Worth a read.



  1. Sumocat

    04/23/2009 at 7:11 am

    Ah, math and character-based languages. The two strengths of the Tablet PC that the English-only typists invariably overlook.

  2. Sumocat

    04/23/2009 at 1:39 pm

    Ah, math and character-based languages. The two strengths of the Tablet PC that the English-only typists invariably overlook.
    P.S.: Forgot to mention great post!

  3. JC

    04/23/2009 at 2:11 pm

    Yes, the Chinese handwriting recognition in XP Tablet isn’t perfect by a long shot. It’s still the best way I have to enter Chinese text.

  4. Medic

    04/24/2009 at 6:04 am

    A good article on the detailed aspects of the TIP and the MIP. The user experience has improved compared even to the TIP in vista.

    I’ve been testing both on the windows 7 7000 version. Recognition to test seems to be better and faster. The MIP is an amazing new experience. Makes you want to wish that they already had this at the launch of Vista. Would sound logical to as the TIP was already launched in XP 2005.

    Drawbacks so far:

    I would have liked to see the functionality of the TIP embedded in other programs like Journal, Word and Onenote. It is sometimes inconvenient to having to switch between two panels. Also the TIP is limited to one line of writing each time which limits freedom of movement.

    Although the recogntion in MIP is impressive, the recognition still remains to be desired. It has not come as far as the MIP and is still far in its infancy with regard to customer experience. Also here I’m experiencing a shortcoming in freedom of movement within the panel, and like the TIP would like to see it embedded in other software. Although rightly called the MATH Input panel, I noticed some phiysics and chemistry formula’s can be formulated. I would also like to see some more support in these fields of science. And perhaps as a follow-up it would be nice to be able to have the TIP and the MIP integrated into the tablet and math input panel for a better customer experience.

    Finally I would like to support sumocat’s remark on the non-english language support issue. This is not merely and issue from the makers of the TIP and the MIP. Since microsoft also has its interests in the international market, I think the company should be willing to easily support multiple languages. Although my native Dutch language is based on a the common alfabet, we also have some symbols on our letters, for which a better lanuage pack support for the TIP would be welcome. I am sure I’m not the only one mentioning this argument.

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