DALLAS (April 10, 2013)—Typing is still a useful skill, but it’s becoming less necessary, raising questions about its future.
In high schools and community colleges where keyboarding classes have been a staple for decades, some fear the courses may go the way of cursive writing lessons in elementary schools.
Dallas typing instructor Julie Phillips says predictive keyboards on smartphones and tablet touch screens that intuit which words are being typed have taken the skill out of keyboarding.
Fewer students are coming in with keyboarding knowledge, she said.
Mobile technology analysts say keyboards likely won't disappear from computers, but mobile phone-makers say speed is important, and predictive screens decrease the time needed to type or thumb each word.