Provided by: Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net)
As touch-screen mobile phones pour into the market, demands for reusing existing mobile applications by adding a touch-screen UI are increasing. In order to service an existing application without a touch-screen UI to touch phones, an on-screen keyboard that implements a virtual keyboard on the touch screen is needed. On-screen keyboards are particularly convenient to use on small mobile phone screens because they reduce the number of keys and consequently increase the size of each. Previous on-screen keyboard generation methods generate fixed keyboard layouts that include every key defined by a system, resulting in smaller and inconvenient keys.