Eloquent is a New Paradigm for Mobile Text Editing


Editing text on mobile is cumbersome.

If people make a mistake, they would rather delete a word than attempt to edit it. This is why I was so interested in Eloquent’s solution as it addresses the problem directly. Watch the intro video here.

It improves the current text editing experience in three ways:

  • There is a permanently visible affordance (button) to indicate where the user can tap to move it. It is the dark, pale blue droplet below the cursor in the image above. The cursor instantly jumps to wherever the user taps on the block of text. 
  • The cursor and magnifier are visually unified to simplify targeting the right word or letter. 
  • You can select a word by dragging, then pausing, then pressing harder. No more double tapping, and fewer instances of the formatting menu popping out.

If an Apple engineer reads this blog, please consider trying some of these interactions.

Why We Like Bitter Foods In The 21st Century

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Why is it that humans seem to increasingly enjoy bitter foods?

Examples include IPA beer, Aperol (sales have increased x5 from 2010 to 2022), or 100% cacao chocolate.

One theory is that people have been acribing better health outcomes to things that are hard to like, like bitter foods, in opposition to sweet stuff. This is because sugar is now universally considered as something bad for your health, and is very easy thing to eat. 

Another possibility is that we turn to less palatable foods because they are perceived to be more natural. Nature yields unsavory stuff, right? 

Of course, the venerable mango is a compelling counter.

This is the Lebanese take on mloukhiye. The name in English is jute mallow (or Corchorus olitorius). The dish is made with boiled mloukhiye, poached chicken and lamb, white rice, red onions and vinegar. It’s delicious.