Automatic Shorthand Text Replacement



Automatic Shorthand Text Replacement



If an iPhone can substitute a Cake Emoji for the word "Cake", why not replace shorthand text with real words too?


I've never been a fan of texting. To me, it's a pain in the neck reading the screen and using a tiny keyboard to type. In fact, 99% of the texts I send are from my Mac, where I have the luxury of a full-sized keyboard. That said, regardless of whether I use my Mac or my iPhone, I never use shorthand text like "RU" in place of "Are You", because I think it looks sloppy.

While I completely understand that most of these shorthands started back in the time before smartphones, where people had to type messages using nothing more than a numeric keypad, I think it's pretty strange that people still use things like "CU L8R", instead of typing out "See You Later". It's one thing to be lazy with a numeric keypad, but there's no reason to continue writing like that with a full-sized smartphone.

What troubles me even more is the fact that a lot of people not only use shorthands when they text, but they do the same thing when writing emails and other documents. In fact, I have friends who are teachers who tell me that a lot of their students think its perfectly okay to use these shortcuts on their homework and on tests and term papers.

I think the solution is pretty simple. People are becoming desensitized to shortcuts because they see them all the time in their texts. I think it would be a great idea for the iPhone and other smartphones to automatically translate these common shortcuts into real words, just like it does when it suggests Emojis whenever you type words like "Cake".

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