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Google rolls out 'Morse code' support on Gboard for iOS

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To help people with disabilities connect better, has rolled out "code" functionalities on for and improvements to "code" on for

Earlier this year, partnered with developer Tania Finlayson, an expert in code assistive technology, to make more accessible.

"To help you learn how to type in Morse code, we've created a game (on Android, iOS, and desktop) that can help you learn it in less than an hour," said in a blog post late on Wednesday.

"Morse code" is a method of sending text messages by keying in a series of electronic pulses, usually represented as a short pulse (called a "dot") and a long pulse (a "dash").

"Most is designed for the mass market. Unfortunately, this can mean that people with disabilities can be left behind. Developing like this is important, because for many people, it simply makes life livable," she said.

Born with cerebral palsy, Finlayson's experience with the communicator led her to a partnership with Google on bringing Morse code to

Working closely with the team, she helped design the keyboard layout, added Morse sequences to the auto-suggestion strip above the keyboard, and developed settings that allow people to customise the keyboard to their unique needs.

The Morse code keyboard on Gboard allows people to use Morse code (dots and dashes) to enter text, instead of the regular (QWERTY) keyboard.

"Gboard for lets you hook external switches to the device, so a person with limited mobility could operate the device," added.



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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 14:32 IST