United States Patent 7,174,042

Simmons , et al. February 6, 2007

System and method for automatically recognizing electronic handwriting in an electronic document and converting to text

A user can enter handwritten electronic ink into a writing guide on an electronic page of an electronic tablet. An ink processing module can display the handwritten electronic ink as it is rendered on the electronic page by the user. Upon the occurrence of a predefined event, the writing guide module can automatically recognize and convert the electronic ink to text without the user's manual intervention. The writing guide module can replace the electronic ink in the writing guide with the converted text.

Inventors: Simmons; Alex J. (Seattle, WA), DelBene; Kurt (Medina, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA)

Appl. No.: 10/186,865

Filed: June 28, 2002