The most popular on-screen keyboard for televisions, set-top boxes, streaming sticks, and other devices operated via a remote control is in the shape of a grid which is inconvenient to use with a D-pad-style remote. The inconvenience arises because a D-pad typically has only five buttons, whereas the on-screen keyboard includes tens of keys. This disclosure describes an on-screen virtual keyboard optimized for televisions and other devices controlled by a D-pad. The shape of the keyboard mimics the D-pad found on remote controls. The keyboard enables access to any character by long-press-and-releasing or repeatedly pressing a single button on the remote. The keyboard is dynamic such that the most probable next letters are displayed either on or close to the center of the keyboard and includes phrase suggestions.
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Baranchuk, Eugene, "On-screen Keyboard for Devices Controlled by D-Pad Style Remotes", Technical Disclosure Commons, (July 20, 2021)