The Language Of Numbers

in CHI 2012 Workshop: Grand Challenges In Text Entry, Conference paper (text), Paris, France


The aim of designing efficient localized text entry
interfaces need not only apply to alphabetic text, a
similar approach can also be taken with number entry
interface design. Sets of domain specific numbers
behave in similar ways to natural language, with
predictable patterns in terms of the frequency of
characters and bigrams. It is therefore possible to tailor
the number entry interface to make it better suited to
the task at hand, potentially making it faster and less
error prone. Thinking of numbers as a language, we
can better see the steps next required to allow us to
design superior number entry interfaces.