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The new iPad supports voice dictation for voice input, but apparently only sometimes. I understand that some things should not support it, such as password inputs and URLs, for example. What dictates (excuse the pun) where this functionality is offered, and where it is not?

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Are you always connected to the internet? – timothymh Mar 18 '12 at 1:09
@TimothyMueller-Harder - Yup, Verizon LTE. I know the answer, btw. See the FAQ about asking then answering your own questions. – Moshe Mar 18 '12 at 1:24
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The following conditions must be met in order for dictation to work:

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Developers (and even Web Developers) can choose which keyboard layout will be visible to the user, via the UIKeyboardType property. Here's an example of several different keyboard layouts and what they look like on an iPhone (without dictation).

The dictation button is available in the following keyboard types:

  • Standard (UIKeyboardTypeASCIICapable)

But is not available in the following:

  • Telephone (UIKeyboardTypePhonePad)
  • URL (UIKeyboardTypeURL)
  • Email (UIKeyboardTypeEmailAddress)
  • Zipcode (UIKeyboardTypeNumberPad)
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