The ability to delete words from the default dictionary is a feature that has been requested by many of our users, and so we wanted to address the subject directly, where everyone will be sure to see it:
So there you have it. Thank you for the overwhelming feedback we've received on this topic. You have been heard, and we will be giving this idea another round of discussion with all of your feedback in mind.
- In the past, our policy has been that we want to increase accuracy by improving Swype's predictions, not by giving it fewer words to choose from. We have focused on improving the quality of Swype's predictions, so that even when you find yourself in that one, unforeseen, strange situation where you want to use the word "schnitzel," or quote Shakespeare with a "thee" or "thou," you'll be able to, but still get high-quality predictions otherwise.
- We are continuing to improve the Swype's accuracy, and the issue of "odd" words getting predicted will get a lot better when we release our Context Prediction Engine - announced recently at the Big Android BBQ in Austin, TX - which will use nearby words to improve suggestion accuracy based on context when Swyping. We don't yet have a firm release date for CPE, but it is in alpha testing right now, so it shouldn't be too much longer.
- In addition to improving prediction accuracy we are also revisiting the possibility of allowing users to remove words from the default dictionary. We realize that every Swyper has their own quirks and technique, and some users may find particular words frustrating or commonly mis-predicted. Giving users the ability to suppress words that are particularly frustrating would go a long way to improving the experience for many users.
- There are several technical and philosophical hurdles we must consider before we make a final decision, and there are many voices within the company that need to be heard and accounted for. But we hear you, and we will be giving this a lot of attention in the near future.