Text input device and method

  • US 6,002,390 A
  • Filed: 11/21/1997
  • Issued: 12/14/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/25/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A text input device comprising:

  • display means capable of displaying a virtual keyboard having at least a plurality of keys for character input;

    input means for pointing at least each key on the virtual keyboard to perform key input by the virtual keyboard;

    dictionary storage means storing a plurality of candidate words and a plurality of exemplary phrases; and

    retrieval means for retrieving a plurality of candidate words from the dictionary storage means, using the key input performed from the virtual keyboard by the input means as a retrieval condition;

    the retrieval condition and the candidate words being dynamically changed in accordance with a change in a key input operation state of the virtual keyboard by the input means.

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