This publication describes systems and techniques to provide inline text entry on portable electronic devices. Portable electronic devices, such as smartphones, generally include an on-screen keyboard to allow users to input alphanumeric characters. These keyboards generally provide several suggestions of the word that the user is currently typing or the next word to be input. Because the keyboard has a limited area on the graphical user interface (GUI) to display candidate words, the keyboard can only present a few suggestions (e.g., two or three candidates), which are generally single-word candidates.
This publication describes a keyboard for portable electronic devices that displays inline candidate words, which can include multiple words, entire phrases, and complete sentences. The inline suggestions can be shown directly in the editor box of an application or a pop-up window. The inline suggestions allow users to type faster and reduce spelling and grammatical errors in applications on portable electronic devices.
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Ni, Chenxi; Zhu, Yuqing; Zhang, Yanxiang; Pittman, Adrian; Kannan, Akshay; Zhang, Yuanbo; and Su, James, "Inline Text Entry On Portable Electronic Devices", Technical Disclosure Commons, (May 13, 2020)