|1998 - 2000
||design & build
||pluggable editing behaviors
Text Entry for Cellphones
Phone.com builds the de facto standard Internet web browsers for cell
phones. Their browser is now used in more cell phones, in more countries,
than any other. With this success came a difficult problem: How do you
support text entry in a uniform manner with so many different cell phones
and so many languages?
Phone.com asked Glyphic to rethink the problem and architect a text entry
sub-subsystem that would support them through the future. We synthesized
the disparate elements and created a system that would support pluggable
features. We constructed an API and a porting kit so that Phone.com could
easily support different features for phones from different manufacturers
in multiple markets.
By further restructuring the code, we enabled Phone.com to easily include
or exclude various features and optimizations as needed, while always maintaining
the smallest possible code footprint possible. (In cellphones, small is
good.) Lastly, we were able to do all this while maintaining a software
interface to the rest of Phone.com's software that was completely shielded
from the customizations each phone needed.
The result was a compact implementation that was flexible enough to handle
a variety of text entry techniques, while remaining a consistent interface
to the rest of Phone.com's software. Glyphic was able to do this by looking
not just at not just the immediate needs of the client, but also the overall
positioning this software had in the client's business.