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Software for Reading & TYPING Chinese Characaters

Old Jan 22, 05, 4:23 pm
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Software for Reading & TYPING Chinese Characaters

Good Day...

I have a question for all of you...

All I know is that years ago one must memorize thousands of 4-digit codes in order to type Chinese characters on the computer. How much has the software technology for reading & TYPING Chinese characters been improved these days? Please kindly advise me the latest products/technologies for reading & TYPING Chinese characters on the computer.

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Old Jan 22, 05, 5:04 pm
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Support is built into the Operating system (from Windows 2000 onwards I think).

You can install the Chinese keyboard layout and Chinese display pack.
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Old Jan 23, 05, 7:50 am
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Thanks for the reply.
I am aware of the new Windows feature. However, I am really interested in finding more about typing Chinese characters on computer. As I said in my original post, all I know is that one must memorize thousands of 4-digit codes in order to type Chinese characters on the computer years ago. Is anyone here a specialist in this kind of software? Can someone tell me more about Chinese keyboard layout and Chinese display pack? I live Cologne, Germany and I just cannot find out too much information about Chinese software here. Can someone really refer me to some very good Websites here?
Thanks again.

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Old Jan 23, 05, 10:51 am
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Here's a good mac site on this topic.

http://www.yale.edu/chinesemac/

My Chinese speaking developer friend was able to switch my english MacOSX in about 2 minutes. He said the windows support, unless you get a localized version of Windows, is rather poor in comparison. One of the big things is that the Mac will display better anti-aliased characters which he finds much easier to read. Also it will automatically select the correct character set when displaying asian websites.

Hope this helps.

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Old Jan 23, 05, 11:52 am
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I really have to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart
Let me rephrase my inquiry more precisely. Now I have 3 questions for all of you.

The questions are:
-I am a PC (NOT Mac) user. Can someone tell me more about Chinese keyboard layout and Chinese display pack for PCs?
-Do I have to equip my computer with a Chinese keyboard layout to type Chinese characters?
-If I need to own a Chinese keyboard layout, where can I buy one when I live in Germany? Germany is not precisely a country to shop for Chinese keyboard layout, you know

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Old Jan 23, 05, 11:58 am
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From the URL I posted, there is a link titled "Windows", which has a bunch of information which might be useful.
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Old Jan 23, 05, 12:10 pm
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Thank You All!

http://newton.uor.edu/Departments%26...nese_write.htm

Unfortunately, I do not know Pinyin (the system to SPELL Chinese characters) at all though I am a native Mandarin & Cantonese speaker! I never mastered Pinyin because I learn the Mandarin and Cantonese from my parents when I was a toddler

Two questions...
-Is that a quick and dirty way to write/type Chinese characters on computer?
-Do I need to buy new gadgets write/type Chinese characters?

Thanks again.

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Old Jan 24, 05, 10:58 am
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Hello Again,

I have just found out that the easiest way to type Chinese characters is to buy a "Hand-Writing Pad" featuring the free input mode. I am informed that the technologly incorporated with the gadget is already very matured (read: proven and reliable) and the gadget itself does not cost a lot.

Can your guys give me some Websites so I can find more information about "Handing Writing Pad" such as

-where to buy
-how to use
-how to connect onto the PC.

Thanks,

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Old Jan 24, 05, 12:44 pm
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try a google search. lots of websites to choose from.
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Old Jan 24, 05, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by netsurferrr
Hello Again,

I have just found out that the easiest way to type Chinese characters is to buy a "Hand-Writing Pad" featuring the free input mode. I am informed that the technologly incorporated with the gadget is already very matured (read: proven and reliable) and the gadget itself does not cost a lot.

Can your guys give me some Websites so I can find more information about "Handing Writing Pad" such as

-where to buy
-how to use
-how to connect onto the PC.

Thanks,

netsurferrr

I am assuming that you mean a tablet. Your local Costco or Sams club (or Bestbuy, compusa etc...) sells these. The most famous brand is Wacom and their Graphire line is very affordable.
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Old Jan 24, 05, 7:01 pm
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pin ying is rather easy to learn.

there are tons of entry systems...you could use "zhu ying fu hao" too for example.

there are even phones out there, i forget which nokia one that comes with a stylus and writing pad.

so sounds like a writing tablet is best for u if you don't want to learn an entry system (which is really quite a bit faster)

best of luck
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Anyone know about Chinese display of characters while running

Winbloze XP SP2 and within the Palm Desktop?

I don't get chinese characters within palm desktop.

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Old Jan 24, 05, 11:26 pm
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You need programs that support Unicode or can handle double-byte character sets. It's possible that the Palm software doesn't do it properly. You might need to switch the default system language to Chinese.

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