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Old 04-12-2007, 02:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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two text entry questions for my Pearl:

1) Forcing Lower case for first letter of first word in message
I am creating a text message and the first character is auto capitalized. I need it lower case (message is being parsed automatically against a keyword at the start of the message so a I need an all lower case word)

I can go back and manually set the first auto capitalized letter to lower case, but then it auto capitalizes it again. This is the behaviour with or without suretype on.

How can I avoid this?

2) A basic Suretype question:

I type, Suretype pops up suggestion(s). OK, Suretype doesn't have the right suggestion - how do I manually add or ignore the suggestions and then manually correct?

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1. After you correct the initial uppercase to lowercase, it should not correct it again. Are you making the correction by scrolling left (ALT-scroll)? It should remain lowercase.

2. SureType does take getting used to. In MOST cases, try completing the word you are spelling first, then normally it will have the correct choice. As you type, look at the keys, not the screen, and at the end of the word glance up to make sure it is correct. In other words, don't take the SureType suggestions AS you type. The SPACE key after a word, by highlighting the correct word (scroll through the choices via the trackball), is how SureType learns, the space key acts as a confirmation it got it "right".

To manually correct, backspace over the word, and correct.

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OK that helped.

1. The key piece of info was the ALt trackball to go back to the letter. If you just use the trackball it just recorrects the letter!

2. OK, so effectively I hit space after the word and then go back and correct? I guess for a non directory word (like a username or password) I have to back out of suretype?
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2. no, i wouldn't hit space after an INCORRECT word/spelling, because the space key effectively is like an "accept" command. Correct it before you hit space. Your BB will learn, and I have been told by the 'sperts here that basically if you have some oddly spelled word--like a username, surname or some odd commercial brand name, if you type it correctly and accept it three times, it learns it and should suggest that work in the future. Likewise, it will learn your mistakes, so try not to let it accept your mis-spelled words.
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OK got it - just tried it - the magic difference is to use Alt Trackball - I didn't know this.
Thanks a lot. While I like suretype - this was a frustration and I should have know there was a way around it.
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