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6. Text Entry

Some might disparage the utility of text on a family of touch-based devices. After all, users can convey so much information already using simple gestures. However, text plays an important role, especially as mobile users move away from the office and home for their daily computing interactions. Users have many reasons they need to enter and read characters onscreen. Text allows users to sign in to accounts, view and reply to e-mail, specify URLs and read the Web pages they refer to, and more. Apple’s brilliant predictive keyboard transforms text entry into a simple and fairly reliable process; its classes and frameworks offer powerful ways to present and manipulate text from your applications. This chapter introduces text recipes ...

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