The Writing Process

This chapter begins a series of three chapters that describe the three main stages of converting pen input into valid computer data. This chapter looks at the writing process. The next two chapters discuss the processes of inking and recognition.

The writing process includes the various ways a user can write input to a pen-based application. These involve not only writing words and scribbling figures with a pen, but also gesturing with predefined pen movements and tapping an on-screen keyboard.

This chapter is divided into three main sections, each discussing a different method by which an application can accept writing from the pen. The first section describes the pen edit controls, which are pen-based versions of a standard Windows edit control. The second section discusses ink input application programming interface (API) services, which allow an application to govern pen interaction at a lower level than edit controls. The final section briefly describes the on-screen keyboard.

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