predictive keying

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From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Fri Oct 06 2000 - 09:12:26 PDT

(((rk is still around. uri has been passed on cryptography@)))

From: Allen Leibowitz <>
To: "Wall, Kevin" <>,
Subject: Re: GeeK: RE: human failings question
Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2000 11:09:30 -0400

At 10:57 AM 10/5/00 -0400, Wall, Kevin wrote:
> > There was a really bizarre program, "rk -- the reactive
> > keyboard", from the early 1990's, that did prediction
> > of general user typing. It didn't work too well for
> > emacs, but it was some kind of wonder to behold when
> > it started completing your shell commands for you.

FWIW, I used rk for a while at DEC. A "while" being longer than 2 weeks.
For general hacking/sending mail/doinking around in a shell it was annoying
and not as useful as turning on the completion/correction features in a shell
like tcsh.

It was more useful when writing a lot of text.
I could see it being very useful if you did a lot of text work
with technical, domain specific vocabulary (medical, legal, ....)

The new nokia phones have predictive text:,1181,L3Bob25lcy8xLDEwMDMsLEZGLmh0bWwjODIwMA==,00.html

Allen Leibowitz <>
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