Windows 7Text Input Panel Todd Landstad Senior Program Manager Microsoft Corporation
Agenda • Text entry in Windows 7 without a keyboard • What is the Text Input Panel (TIP) ? • How can the TIP be used programmatically?
Windows 7 Text Input Panel • Referred to as the Text Input Panel (TIP) • Contains a soft keyboard • Contains handwriting recognition with correction • Localized text/layout and handwriting recognizers • Word auto-complete and prediction • The TIP is in all Windows editions except Starter • 32-bit, 64-bit, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
Demo Windows 7 TIP Walkthrough Modes Options
Considerations • The Windows 7 TIP will not appear if a text input area is not detected • The Windows 7 TIP will not appear if it cannot be rendered • Application locks the entire display
Controlling the TIP Programmatically • Windows 7 TIP APIs control the on-screen appearance and behavior of the TIP • ITextInputPanel • TextInputPanel • Win32 Caret APIs • Enable Windows to determine when a text entry area has received focus
Demo Controlling the TIP Programmatically Win32 Caret APIs
Recommendations • Understand the Windows 7 TIP capabilities • Ensure that text entry is always available in your application • Consider the TIP or Caret APIs for text entry controls that do not support Text Services Framework
Resources • Windows 7 Touch App Development Guidance • http://code.msdn.com/wintouchguide • Windows 7 TIP Blog Post • http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2009/04/23/ink-input-and-tablet.aspx • Text Input Panel Reference Documentation • http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms700673(v=VS.85).aspx (COM) • http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms581554(v=VS.85).aspx (.NET) • Sample Code Projects for Touch/TIP • http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/win7tablet • http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/simplewintouch
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