Re: A new FrontEnd

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg128030] Re: A new FrontEnd*From*: Leo Ditolaghi <leoditolaghi at gmail.com>*Date*: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 04:03:20 -0400 (EDT)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@wolfram.com*Delivered-to*: mathgroup-newout@smc.vnet.net*Delivered-to*: mathgroup-newsend@smc.vnet.net*References*: <k21kj2$9vq$1@smc.vnet.net> <20120908071108.AFDA96898@smc.vnet.net> <k2hmii$ptu$1@smc.vnet.net> <504D2E99.6090007@cs.berkeley.edu>

Points taken, and especially with respect to the idea that a "Bold Greek Theta" symbol would likely be much easier to specify via speech rather than in handwriting input, or some gesture-driven interface, or palette selection. The reason I said "hybrid" was to recognize that the creation of a reliable handwriting input method is no easy feat, and therefore there would need to be some other augmenting technology perhaps. Perhaps, for example, writing with a stylus with one hand while using a some kind of "wireless modifier controller" in the other, in tandem. I wonder if using speech to locate or edit symbols might not be too tedious to be practical, however. I guess I will wait for brainwave-driven input after all, and merely watch what I think appear in my document. :D Leo > Richard Fateman <mailto:fateman at cs.berkeley.edu> > Sun, Sep 9, 2012 8:04 PM > > > Handwriting recognition of mathematics has a history going back to > about 1963. windows 7 has a math input panel. > > There are excellent reasons for this not to be in widespread use. > Mostly it is difficult to build a good system (at least so far). > Secondly, it is difficult to use. You may think it is "obvious" > but what is obvious about correcting recognition errors, which are > inevitable. > > An alternative, especially in these days of Siri etc, is speech > input of mathematics. Odd as it may seem at first, there are > good reasons for it to be faster and more effective than handwriting, > typing, or palettes. > > Google is your friend in tracking down information on all of these > issues. It may help to include "fateman" in the search. > > RJF > > > Mikhail Cherkasskii <mailto:macherkasskiy at gmail.com> > Sat, Sep 8, 2012 3:11 AM > > Maybe it a good idea to collect some suggestions for new version of > FrontEnd. To be more certain I suggest to create an integrated > interface with tabs like Google Chrome or another CAS program. I'd > like to see more instruments for edit graphics and text. Debug tool > also welcome. The document based interface is useful, but when there > are more then 30 variables in your notebook, some of them is in a RAM, > some aren't... I prefer to have an extra tool for variable control. > > Best wishes >

**References**:**Re: A new FrontEnd***From:*Mikhail Cherkasskii <macherkasskiy@gmail.com>