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So, I think we can all agree that entering text on mobile is a pretty user hostile experience. Compared to the other way we have of entering text. But it dominates how many of us enter text.

My phone aggressively autocorrects "its" to "it's". I can imagine a time when the autocorrections like this are "right" and 'its" as the possessive is archaic and unused.

Also regional spellings and dialects will probably die. It's one thing to have every Canadian word I type underlined red on a pc, its another thing entirely to have your phone change it to the US spelling.

Autocorrect is a tool for cultural destruction because it imposes its official and correct version of language onto a diverse and polyglot world.

@selenized Can't you set your phone to Canadian English?

@cb This is kind of my point?

I have. I religiously set my system locales and dictionaries to Canadian English (if a localization exists, which it often doesn't). But even then the dictionary is often riddled with errors or is very incomplete.

This is the state of localization for a language used by tens of millions of people. Imagine what it's like for people using a smaller dialect?

You can't really use mobile text without autocorrect. So you have to choose which language is least wrong?

@cb the Canadian English dictionary on my phone insists on autocorrecting neighbour to neighbor and colour to color. And there's a few random other ones in there too.

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@cb @selenized You could add neighbour, colour, and other idiosyncratic Canadian spellings to your personal dictionary. That's worked well for me.

I'm sure some keyboards are better at this than others. I use Swype on Android.

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@Flumberbug @cb I use gboard because (at the time at least, I haven't checked in a while) it was the best for switching languages.

I switch back and forth between texting in English and French but I don't use the French keyboard layout, gboard was the most seamless at doing this. Also it's multilingual support (English and French at the same time) was the best. It is pretty decent at autodetecting what language I'm using.

@selenized @Flumberbug #gboard, another way for Google to permeate all parts of my life ๐Ÿ˜…

@Flumberbug @cb My personal dictionary is just full of shortcuts old school emoji like ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ. Maybe I should put it to real use ๐Ÿ˜…