In the five years since I bought and learned to use my first Palm Pilot my handwriting has become illegible. Not just kind of illegible but down right unreadable for the most part. The notes I take during meetings are useless and if I want to make them truly readable it takes so much time for me to write the note I’m always three sentences behind.
I attribute my illegible scrawl to the increased use the Graffiti text input recognition system. It forces you to input characters in a sort of shorthand which the devices interpret with varying degrees of success.
At this point I can deal with my bad handwriting. I just try to remember the salient points (which, despite decades of dope smoking I seem to do well) and transcribe the notes at a computer as soon as possible.
Recently I noticed another Graffiti effect I’ve been having from using Gmail. I try to use the built in keyboard shortcuts in other web based applications by accident. Of course it never works but it brings up the question of why it took so long for the Gmail/Oddpost like rich web based user interfaces to appear and more importantly, when we can expect more such interfaces in our commonly used applications.
My prediction is that we won’t see too much good use of the long awaited standards compliance coupled with XMLHttpRequest until 2006. I feel like most web programmers are spending their spare time learning PHP5 and ASP.NET 2.x which reinforces the old post the entire page back to the server paradigm rather than the new “Post what you need back to the server” model that XMLHttpRequest allows you to use.
Hopefully this Moveabletype blog interface will be one of the first applications to use this important new technology. In the meantime U + C + X.