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Wednesday September 20, 2017

HOWTO Input Chinese

Using the keyboard

    The main problem here is that people have to know the keyboard layout and the input method. This is something you have to learn.
    Underneath you can find some input methods:

  • Zhuyin 注音
  • Pinyin 拼音
  • Shuangpin 雙拼
  • Quanpin 全拼
  • Chajie 倉頡
  • Sucheng 速成
  • Wubi 五筆字型
  • Wubi 五筆劃
  • Row-Cell 國際區位
  • Internal code 內碼
  • Telegram code 電報碼
  • Array 行列
  • Dayi 大易
  • Boshiamy 無蝦米

Using handwriting

This was mostly done by using an optical pen with which one writes Chinese characters on a pad. This requires a special OCR program which allows the computer to recognise the caracters that a user writes. Unlike using the keyboard to input Chinese, this method required special hardware (a pad and a pen).
However as most devices are now becoming touch sensitive it is now possible to input Chinese using your fingers or pen directly on the screen. Seperate apps are available (Android). Google search now allows handwritten input directly from it's mobile search page (see )
Using the Windows IME it's also possible to use the mouse to draw characters, follow the steps on
Furoto.com (Chinese)

Using speech-recognition

Using this method a user can input Chinese by just talking into a microphone. The main problem with this input method is the difficulty of Chinese language and it's pronounciation. Since Chinese is a language that is based on tones it's difficult to develop algorithms that recognise this.
Some software requires training which makes it less flexible to use it among different users.
Microsoft Windows XP comes with speech recognition support for simplified Chinese (support for traditional Chinese will follow). Richwin and Twinbridge also have voice recognition capabilities.
Google has done some great work in this field, check the Google page and the Android, Android Apps pages for more information. There excist some specialised software.

Websphere Voice


Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

See the separate page on Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

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