what is direct touch typing?

iOS & iPadOS

Hi all, I've been playing with ios eight for a few days. What is direct touch typing, and how can I be sure not to type the wrong letter?



Submitted by Edward Alonzo on Monday, September 22, 2014

I to saw this but it seems a little strange. to me too. I sure wished it worked with fleksy. I think thats actually how fleksy is suposed to work but currently theres a bug with third-party keyboards.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Monday, September 22, 2014

Here is the difference. I will try to explain this well, so I'm sorry if it doesn't come across right.

With touch typing, you move your finger around the phone, or place your finger where you think the correct letter is, then sliding to make any necessary adjustments to get the correct letter before lifting your finger. Once you lift your finger, the letter is written, and the process begins all over again.

With direct typing, it is indeed a bit like Fleksy. You take your finger, touch where you think the letter you want is, and immediately lift your finger. If you leave your finger on the letter to listen to what it is, the key will not register and you will have to try it again. Unlike Fleksy, as far as I can tell, it doesn't have the ability to predict what you're trying to say as Fleksy does. Of course, I cannot confirm this as Fleksy in iOS8 is virtually useless at this moment. If you are extremely sure of your keyboard lay out and where each letter is, I think direct touch typing is excellent. For those who might not be quite as sure or who may need a little guidance, my recommendation is to play around with direct touch typing, but rely more on plain touch typing. Hope this helps a little.

Submitted by Mark SARCH on Monday, September 22, 2014

Hi all on this post
first of all no direct touch typing is nothing to do with Fleksy I told that because was Fleksy beta tester
that direct touch typing means is more visual could be used for people with low Vision but keep voiceover On or basicly the diference are:
Standard typing is use double tab to each letter
Touch typing is draw the finger and release to select the letter.
direct typing is touch where each letter is and that's it
per example if one sited people type using direct touch typing doesn't have any problem just voiceOver will give fit back echo to each letter.
The Flecksy does is typing where you think each letter is located but give you some idea what work is also use gestures as flick up, down, left and right.
I think direct touch typing could be used better when have enaible zoon and voiceOver or large text.

Submitted by Megan on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I am totally blind and successfklly use direct touch typing. I am extremely confident in where the keys are though and used to routinely type without voiceover because I found both standard typing and touch typing too slow for me. seems to work well if you enable character feedback and then use that coupled with your knowledge of the keyboard layout to tipe. I find that i can actually type at about the same speed as a sighted person this way. also keep in mind this won't work for everyone and yeah, it is super helpful for people who are used to typing the usual way. I can hand my sighted mom my phone and she can type the way she is used to. just my $0.02.

Submitted by Santiago on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I think Direct Touch Typing will be extremely useful to those who share their iOS devices with a sighted person, since they won't have to turn VoiceOver off in order to type. I also agree that its useful for those who use both Zoom and VoiceOver.

Submitted by Saqib on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I have been playing around with Direct Touch and had mixed feelings about it. Sometimes I can type a line without any fuss and other times I have to go back and correct words. It's not worth the hassle and I much prefer the standard touch keyboard with it's word prediction and my typing speed has improved some what over this last week. It's a joy to use and I'm now happily responding to social networking messages where I could never be bothered before.

Submitted by Victoria F on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I am playing around with direct touch typing. I think I can learn to like it over time. For now, traditional touch typing meets my needs. I'll use both until I decide which one I will use consistently.

Submitted by Michael Babcoc… on Thursday, October 13, 2016

so i know this is older, however i'm using direct touch typing now on a normal bases, however have to switch to a different typing mode to act on any "edit" function e.g. select all, copy, paste. Has anyone figured out how to use the edit functions with direct touch typing enabled?

Submitted by Ekaj on Thursday, June 28, 2018

My tutor at Second Sense here in Chicago didn't seem to think that Direct Touch Typing would work for me, but I'm gonna give it a go and see how I do. My Number 1 problem with the iPhone--and my only problem aside from Touch ID--is that I cannot seem to type in my log-in credentials fast enough on websites. I'm fine with Standard Typing, since I can just flick and then double-tap once I find the character I need. I think these websites which don't allow for much time inputting one's log-in credentials, need a bit of a facelift. For instance, what does somebody do who has cerebral palsy and needs to enter that stuff in to be granted access to a website or whatever? I mean, I realize we're dealing with security here, but I guess it's kinda like CAPTCHAS; more time should be given for those who need it. But anyway, enough of my rambling for now. I'm gonna try this out also for awhile and see how I fair. Other than that I love my new toy.