I Didn’t Mean To Type Duck

Autocorrect is both an amazing invention and a royal pain in the ass. Since the original iPhone, users have struggled against the “smart” system meant to fix misspellings and tapping on virtual keys much smaller than our fingers. But what does the inventor of Autocorrect think about the system? Luckily Joanna Stern at WSJ interviewed Ken Kocienda, the person himself.

One thing that strikes me the most is how open Kocienda is to improving the system. I personally run into the “We’ll” and “Well” assumptions all the time. Most of the time my phone gets it wrong. Further, her tip to add words and phrases to the custom keyboard / dictionary is a stellar idea. I’ve done this for years on words that I constantly fat-finger. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of trying to fix issues repeatedly.

Stern’s reporting is always stellar. Her takedown of Apple’s nightmare keyboard problems should have won her a Pulitzer.

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