We all know that Gmail and Docs do come with rather wide language support, but there are some cases when using the keyboard is not exactly the most ideal situation to be in. Should you be a student who wants to include a foreign phrase in your paper, or perhaps you are an international consultant who intends to start off your message with a friendly local greeting, you will now be able to take advantage of writing down words in your very own handwriting straight into both Gmail and Google Docs, using your mouse or trackpad. I don’t suppose if you happen to have a touchscreen enabled notebook, you can also write directly onto the screen itself, although a stylus of sorts would come in rather handy in such a situation.
If your curiosity is piqued and you would want to enable such input tools in Gmail or Docs, all you need to do is select the handwriting input that is represented by a pencil icon of the language that you would want to use. Apart from that, you will also be able to write single or even multiple characters at once in the panel, and have them show up in your message or document. Right now, handwriting input will be available in Google Docs for more than 20 languages, and in the case of Gmail, it will be for over 50 languages, where among them include Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Russian. [Press Release]