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Quikwriting is a continuous stylus-based text entry system which is an alternative to Graffiti. It was developed by Ken Perlin[1] at the NYU Media Research Lab and presented[2] at the ACM UIST '98 conference.

Perlin described the technique as quicker than Graffiti however the learning curve was steeper with at most people taking an hour to become moderately effective.[3]

The technique works by keeping the stylus continuously on the screen.[1] A method of using the system involves thinking of screen in terms of a flower with eight petals and a stamen. Eight characters or punctuation are allocated to each petal and the stylus is moved from petal to petal via the stamen or directly to form words. Eventually a user learns the shape for particular words and the process becomes quicker.[1]

Quikwriting was reported by the Economist to have gain a small following on Palm PDAs and that by 2005 Microsoft had licensed the Quikwriting and were using it as part of the XNav project.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Technology Quarterly" (PDF). The Economist. 10 December 2005. pp. 4–5. A sight for sore thumbs?. Archived (PDF) from the original on 20 May 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  2. ^ Perlin, Ken. "Quikwriting: Continuous Stylus-based Text Entry" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ Oakes, Chris (30 April 1999). "Faster Notes for the PalmPilot". Wired News. Archived from the original on 8 May 1999.

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