Math Handwriting Recognition in Windows® 7
Microsoft new operating system Windows 7 comes equipped with touch and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks as well as improved performance on multi-core processors. Some of these features were absent in the earlier versions of Microsoft OS including Windows XP and Windows Vista.
The Windows 7 Touch Math Input Panel is designed to be used with a tablet pen on a Tablet PC, but you can also use it with any input device such as external digitizer, a touchscreen or even a mouse. Math Input Panel gives the recognition result via the clipboard in MathML format which is a standardized mathematical markup language. Any equation you write and recognize in Math Input Panel reaches your destination program in a completely renewed form and then you can insert and edit the output as you would edit any text.
Microsoft has spent a lot of time in identifying and researching many areas of math as possible and endless various math notations. The final result is a big coverage of high school and college level math, and of even more improved areas.
Math Input Panel
Using Windows 7, Touch Math Input Panel is really straightforward and simple. In this, you write the well-formed math expression. This means, adding two numbers with no result will not get recognized, whereas adding two numbers with a result after the addition will be recognized. This is just as you do with pencil and paper and the recognizer takes over. As no recognizer is perfect, the great power of Windows 7 Touch Math Input Panel lies in its ability to give a good correction experience but, sometimes even a human is not sure what has been written; so if you have written something wrong then Windows 7 Touch Math Input Panel will not recognize it.
You can select any part of your written material (symbols or whole sub-structures) and correct it either by selecting an alternate from a drop-down list or by rewriting part of the expression in case your handwritten math is mis-recognized. Generally, fixing one part of the equation automatically fixes the rest in just one step.
Math Input Panel Correction
You can easily correct the equations by using Windows 7 Touch Math Input Panel Correction. All you have to do now is, tap Insert and you have just easily created an equation in your word-processing or computational program.
There are many other cool features inWindows 7 Touch Math Handwriting Recognition like moving ink around, History and dragging and dropping ink into Windows 7 Touch Math Input Panel from other inking applications such as OneNote, all of which you can explore on your own. For software developers, the MIP can be embedded into your applications – check out the documentation on MSDN.