Google introduced Google Scribe from Google Labs, a text autocompletion tool. Google Scribe works very much like Google Suggest for the company's search engine.
Google has released a new Web service called Google
Scribe, the company's latest in a line of autocompletion tools geared to help
users complete tasks faster.
, launched quietly to Google Labs
in August, provides a sort of notepad user interface. The experiment
is currently available in English only.
Users will type words, and Google Scribe will offer
suggestions in a drop-down menu. If a user likes one of the suggestions, he or
she can hit enter or a
and Scribe will plug in the word.
The good thing is that users can simply ignore
suggestions entirely if they don't fit into the message the writer wishes to
Conversely, users looking for a bit of fun can simply
keep hitting enter to create some silly or inane sentences and paragraphs.
ReadWriteWeb is correct in
this practice to Mad Libs for children.
Users may also select whether to receive suggestions
always, "on-demand" by hitting the Tab key or never.
The cool part is Google Scribe can be used on any Web page
with the Google Scribe Bookmarklet. From the Google Scribe home page, users can
drag the Google Scribe Bookmarklet below the text box to their bookmarks or
Then, to enable Google Scribe on a Web page, users will
simply click on the Scribe Bookmarklet. Text fields that are Scribe-enabled
will have the Scribe icon at the top end corner of the active field.
If this functionality sounds a lot like Google's Suggest
functionality that's because it is, though instead of just working for search,
Scribe works on just about any Web page.
In fact, to test how similar Scribe works to Suggest,
eWEEK used the Scribe Bookmarklet in the Google search box. In addition to search
suggestions from Google Suggest, word suggestions from Scribe dropped down over
the Suggest options.
The Scribe suggestions overlaid right atop the Suggest
options, making it impossible to see if the words were the same.
There is no sense now whether this technology will be heavily embraced beyond Google Labs.
Some folks think Scribe would benefit mobile input, though it's
debatable whether the world needs another text-input method; search
autocompletion and handwriting apps such as Google Gesture and Swype
are in the mix and voice search is so clearly the future access point
News of Scribe
comes to light as Google is preparing to launch
live or streaming search at an event Sept. 8.