CHI 2012 Workshop on Designing and Evaluating Text Entry Methods

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Update (November 29, 2012): This is the archival website for the CHI 2012 Workshop on Designing and Evaluating Text Entry Methods. Click here to go to the new website for the CHI 2013 Workshop on Grand Challenges in Text Entry.

This is the archival website for the CHI 2012 Workshop on Designing and Evaluating Text Entry Methods, held in conjunction with CHI 2012: the 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI 2012 will be held in Austin, Texas, USA, on May 5-10, 2012. The workshop was held on May 5, 2012.


Text entry is a culture preserving device and therefore of tremendous importance for our society. As a consequence, it is not surprising that the art of designing new text entry methods has been practiced for hundreds of years.

Text entry methods are currently being designed for mobile phones, video games, wall-sized displays, surfaces, wearable computers, and for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices that help users with communication difficulties to speak. Another active research area is support for non-Western languages.

However, these research efforts are today scattered across multiple communities, such as human-computer interaction (HCI), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), speech recognition, human factors, and accessible computing. There is a need to reach out and (re)connect all these communities together so that we can inspire and learn from each other.

The goal of this workshop is to bring text entry researchers from multiple disciplines together to discuss cross-disciplinary topics of relevance for text entry.

More background information is available in the workshop proposal paper ().

Workshop Goals


1. New environments and technologies (0900-1030)
Which contexts, situations, and environments require, or will require, better text entry methods in the future?

A case for Number Entry (pdf)
Sarah Wiseman, Duncan P. Brumby, Anna L. Cox

Text Entry on Interactive Tabletops Using Transparent Physical Keyboards (pdf)
Malte Weiss, Gero Herkenrath, Lucas Braun, Jan Borchers

How Do Users Adapt to a Faulty System? (pdf)
Ahmed Sabbir Arif, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger

2. Outreach and community building (1130-1300)
How do we reach out to text entry research communities outside HCI, such as the AAC community?

Typing with Gaze: An Interaction Design Perspective (pdf)
Björn Yttergren, Daniel Fallman

Language models in keyboard emulation (pdf)
Brian Roark, Andrew Fowler, Melanie Fried-Oken

Text Entry Methods For Handheld Devices Or For AAC Writing System (pdf)
Franck Poirier

A Reverse-Huffman Algorithm for Text Entry Interface Characterization (pdf)
Foad Hamidi, Melanie Baljko

3. Enabling technologies and methods (1400-1530)
Which new technologies, methods and techniques can generate new text entry methods?

OpenAdaptxt: An Open Source Enabling Technology for High Quality Text Entry (pdf)
Mark D Dunlop, Sunil Motaparti, Prima Dona, Naveen Durga, Roberto De Meo

E-Assist II: a platform to design and evaluate soft-keyboards (pdf)
Bruno Merlin, Mathieu Raynal, Heleno Fülber

Multilayer Keyboard: transition toward a new optimized layout (pdf)
Bruno Merlin, Mathieu Raynal, Heleno Fülber

4. New metrics and goals (1630-1800)
Are speed and accuracy always the best metrics to report in our publications?

Encouraging Consistency in Mobile Text Entry Evaluations (pdf)
Steven J. Castellucci, I. Scott MacKenzie

Analytical Evaluation of the Impact of Phrase Set on Text Entry Rates (pdf)
Kent Lyons, James Clawson

Ten male colleagues took part in our lab-study about mobile texting (pdf)
Niels Henze



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