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  1. norseraider

    norseraider Member

    If, like me, you are a long-time T9 user, then the chances are you have given the Samsung Keypad a try. In 3x4 mode, with XT9 switched on, it is really quite a powerful and handy T9 keypad.

    However, the settings are woefully explained in the manual, and don't have a lot of info elsewhere. So here I will attempt to clarify a few that I have figured out (and question some others!).

    "Keypad Sweeping" - this is not an XT9 setting, but is a Samsung Keypad setting which I know is mystifying plenty of people. It has nothing to do with Swype. "Keypad Sweeping" is way to change between letters, numbers & symbols, without having to hit the Abc/123/?#+ key ... instead you "sweep" the keypad aside, a bit like you do to scroll through your home panels. It's a bit odd - give it a try and you will see.

    Now for the XT9 advanced settings! Ones I am sure about:

    "Word Completion" is as you would might expect - you type in "Aweso"... and it will complete this to "Awesome". When you hit space, you accept the auto-completed word. I find this pretty handy.

    "Spell Correction" - with this turned on, XT9 will attempt to remove any typos from your input. In T9 a single miskey can leave you 'missing' your word completely... spell correction will put you back on track. Works well.

    "Next Word Prediction" - tries to guess what you are going to type next, based on your typing history. So if you suggest going to the beer garden a lot, it might suggest "garden" after you enter and accept "beer". You can steamroller right over the auto-suggestion with your next input, or hit space again to accept it. I don't use this, but see how you could.

    "Auto-substitute" - there is a list of mappings (XT9 auto-substitution, at the bottom of the settings) which gets activated by this switch. When on, XT9 will look for words matching the left-side of the mapping, and dish up the right-side of the mapping as a suggestion. This is very useful for things like automatically capitalising the word "I", and for converting "cant" to "can't" (especially as you cannot reach the apostrophe through the 1-key!!). I also use this for converting "s" to "'s" for possessives... this might be a mis-hack, let me know if you know a better way. Anyway, useful.

    "Recapture" - another wonderfully unexplained feature. This lets you go back into T9 mode when you are *deleting* a word. For example, if you accepted "cool", but you wanted "book", now you can backspace into "cool" and reselect "book" (or delete even further and get a new word). Priceless, classic Nokia-style stuff, I was pleased to find this!

    "XT9 my Words" - this is your custom dictionary - fill it with cromulent cruft!

    And now, the settings I am not so sure about!

    "Word Completion Point" - this is presumably supposed to control how many letters get entered before a word completion is attempted. However, I find that this setting seems to make very little difference - can anyone give an example where it behaves differently between 2 and 5?

    "Auto-append" - this is a mystery to me too. I originally supposed it must have something to do with next word predict, which I do not use.. but even with that switched on I cannot see a change in behaviour. I have no idea, so I switch it off.

    "Regional Correction" - I don't use this, but it presumably does something locale related. I tried British and American spellings with this switched on and off, and both worked fine all the time. Once again, let me know if you have seen different!

    All these are for Eclair, by the way - YMMV.

    Anyhow, hope this has helped you - I suspect that recapture & keypad sweeping are the main mysteries sorted :)

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  2. Dr3amerx92

    Dr3amerx92 New Member

    When im texting usually, i type "Hey lets fgo play ball" then i backspace and go to the fgo, and correct it and type go. But then it somehow has been saved in my XT9 my words setting, is there anyway where i can manually add/delete the words instead of it always adding words i use like, yeaaaaaa or heyyy?
  3. GG1

    GG1 Well-Known Member

    In Froyo you have an "Auto-full stop" option which adds a period and capitalizes next letter when double spacing. Another pretty nice feature that i use all the time.
  4. GG1

    GG1 Well-Known Member

    Settings > Locale and text > Samsung keypad > XT9 advanced settings > XT9 my words > menu > choose add/delete to modify the words in the list.
  5. norseraider

    norseraider Member

    Hmm, I thought maybe this was the secret of "auto-append", but alas, it seems to happen whether you have it switched on or not...
  6. GG1

    GG1 Well-Known Member

    I could be wrong but I think auto-append adds predictions to the word you are typing (different from next word prediction). When I type a word with auto-append turned on, it gives me a choice of words to use.
  7. goaliejosh

    goaliejosh New Member

    I have worked out what Auto-append does!

    Basically, you know when you are typing a word that isn't in the phone's dictionary, and it suggests some similar words that it thinks you might mean? These appear in yellow and the letters you actually typed appear in white next to these (appearance might be different on different phones, I don't know).

    When you really did mean what you typed, not the words it suggests, you can touch the word in white and it uses that word in the text.

    When Auto-append is ticked in the settings, it automatically stores this word in your personal dictionary (XT9 my words). When Auto-append is not ticked, it doesn't store it.

    Simple as that! :)
  8. trusktr

    trusktr Member

    They've fixed this in the latest firmware... They've changed it so you have to click on [HIGH]+ Add "someword" to my word list[/HIGH] before it gets added (similar to Android's default keyboard), which is way better!

    What goaliejosh said doesn't seem to apply to me. I have to click the "Add to my word list" suggestion every time no matter what... Which seems to be the new case with the latest firmware. I'm not seeing any differenced with auto-append on or off.

  9. glimmertwin70

    glimmertwin70 Member

    Is there a way to make the keyboard smaller so you can see more of the screen you are typing on? I know on Swiftkey you can shrink the keyboard in landscape mode. I like the stock keyboard due to the auto correct but like swiftkey because i can see more of what I am typing.

    Also, can you get rid of the black bar of words/suggestions? I just don't want that period and cannot figure out how not to have it appear.
  10. skittles68

    skittles68 New Member

    If you tap the XT9 button on ur key board it will turn off ur predictive text and the black bar will disappear. Hope this helps!

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