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Option to disable auto-space after punctuation and/or prediction

Add an option to disable automatic space after completing a word in flow. Instead add space after I have either chosen a suggestion is state typing a new word This way I could choose the proper suggestion much faster or need be correct my previous typing.

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    Clemens Hirsch Clemens Hirsch shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Option to disable auto-space after punctuation and/or prediction  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Disable space after punctuation  ·   · 
    DanDan shared a merged idea: Can you allow disablement of Auto-0correct / Prediction Auto-replace?  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Give me the option to turn auto-spacing COMPLETELY OFF.  ·   · 
    Cristian IonescuCristian Ionescu shared a merged idea: DISABLE THE F... ING AUTOSPACING !!!!  ·   · 
    Ian EngelbrechtIan Engelbrecht shared a merged idea: Option to disable space after punctuation  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Give me an option to turn off adding a space after every period.  ·   · 
    Aleks GAleks G shared a merged idea: Disable space after punctuation  ·   · 
    AndrisAndris shared a merged idea: No space after punctuation  ·   · 
    Martin H. Martin H. shared a merged idea: turn off spacing after punctuation  ·   · 
    AndyAndy shared a merged idea: Remove space after punctuation  ·   · 
    JimJim shared a merged idea: Turn off space after punctuation  ·   · 
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    Jack DyerJack Dyer shared a merged idea: Option to disable automatic space after punctuation  ·   · 
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    Anonymous shared a merged idea: toggle space after punctuation  ·   · 
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    JeffreyJeffrey shared a merged idea: Option to disable automatic space after period  ·   · 
    smudgersmudger shared a merged idea: Turn off all autospace after punctuation (option)  ·   · 
    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: Disable auto spacing  ·   · 
    EpicNewtEpicNewt shared a merged idea: toggle space after punctuation/prediction  ·   · 
    Erik HamarsåErik Hamarså shared a merged idea: Option to disable auto-space after punctuation and/or prediction  ·   · 
    under review  ·  Sarah ReynoldsAdminSarah Reynolds (Support Representative, SwiftKey) responded  · 

    Hi everyone,

    This issue is something we’ve thought about on many occasions, as it would definitely simplify some of the typing use cases.

    One of the primary problems is that people often build words by selecting the root or prefix and then adding a suffix. For instance, if I want the word “predicting” I might select “predict”, then add the “ing”. In this case, if you add space before a prediction, there’s no way of knowing if the user intended to start the next word or add to the selected word.

    In the absence of a space after a prediction, a user whose cursor was next to the end of a word would not know if the predictions/corrections that they saw related to the word they are currently “in”, or to the next word.

    There may be a way to solve this problem via probabilistic modelling, but it’s definitely non-trivial. We’ll be thinking about it.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Get rid of the autospace after punctation. It's SOOOO annoying, ever was and always will be unless you do something about it. Shouldn't be that hard...

      • W HeW He commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I really don't see what the issue is with putting the auto-space as an OPTION in the settings. Those who want it can have it on by default and those who don't can turn it off. You'd make so many customers happy, judging by how many votes this has accumulated and how many people are willing to actually come here and spend time to write a comment (me included).

        Also, try writing a standard web address with auto capitalize enabled at the start of a sentence, see where that gets you... so much frustration.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "This issue is something we’ve thought about on many occasions, as it would definitely simplify some of the typing use cases.

        One of the primary problems is that people often build words by selecting the root or prefix and then adding a suffix. For instance, if I want the word “predicting” I might select “predict”, then add the “ing”. In this case, if you add space before a prediction, there’s no way of knowing if the user intended to start the next word or add to the selected word.

        In the absence of a space after a prediction, a user whose cursor was next to the end of a word would not know if the predictions/corrections that they saw related to the word they are currently “in”, or to the next word.

        There may be a way to solve this problem via probabilistic modelling, but it’s definitely non-trivial. We’ll be thinking about it."

        Such a terrible PR spin on a simple problem.

        Step 1: Add an Option that says "Don't Add Space after Prediction"
        Step 2: Add if statement:
        If(Don't Add Space after Prediction)
        Return "Suggestion"
        Else
        Return "Suggestion" + "Space"

        Step 3: Apologize for this giant failure.
        Step 4: Increased user satisfaction/Profit.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why don't you guys just put an option,instead of saying bla bla. Those who want can use it,others can disable it! This very pathetic that you guys didnt added for such a looooong time.

      • cediverscedivers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I do a lot of python coding and file manipulation on my phone.
        A space after every dot makes my life a nightmare, for instance when I try to correct a script or even just rename a file... I'm about to uninstall the app... please give us the option to make SwiftKey write what we type: no less, no more!

      • DJ_ZephyrDJ_Zephyr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We don't want you to THINK about it, we want you to DO it. Give us a button that disables auto-spacing (ALL auto-spacing, after words AND after punctuation) and makes the board type what we tell it to, not what some stupid algorithm THINKS we're telling it to. I'll add my own spaces, thak you very much.

      • Curtis FrazierCurtis Frazier commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Do what Swype does. If you Swype from the Swype symbol to the backspace key, it doesn't insert a space before the next word. Why do you guys insert a <space> after the '$' sign anyway? That needs to be turned off.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As previously stated, in other languages apart from English (I'm Swedish), we don't want the space after words. Why not have it as a choice?

      • RichRich commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The automatic space after each word makes this app unusable, especially in other languages than english.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree. Typing in URLs or sometimes making little faces like "._." is incredibly frustrating. Not to mention that after putting a period at the end of a text or something gets annoying too because there is always an extra space that I have to delete.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Make an efficiency counter to count how many times auto space made me retype or use backspace

      • Perry KahaiPerry Kahai commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sarah, the situation you describe does not make sense to me. But here's what makes sense (and I see it in many comments): Spacing and Prediction are two totally unrelated features. People (including me) are having problems because you have merged them into one option. One should never try to merge two mutually-exclusive features.

      • MarkMark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I like it that it inserts a space after a period or comma... sometimes. I like the feature until I start typing an email address or Url. Any other time is good and appreciated.

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