Input Method "Five Strokes": Advantages and Problems

Authors

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/ala.3.3.39-52

Keywords:

input method, “Five Stroke”, type-face, character perception

Abstract

Five Stroke “Wubi Hua” is an input method, based on the stroke shape and stroke order of a character, and requires only 5 keys from 1 to 5 on numerical keypad to input every character. As an input method for Chinese, it is already integrated in Mac OS X, and is available as part of different applications for Windows OS. Although stroke order in Chinese and Japanese is different to some extent, this input method can be applied to characters of both writing systems.

Since the Five Stroke input method is easily accessible, simple to master and is not pronunciation-based, we would expect that the students will use it to input unknown characters. The survey comprises students of Japanology and Sinology at Department of Asian and African Studies, takes in consideration the grade of the respondent and therefore his/her knowledge of characters. This paper also discusses the impact of typeface to the accuracy of the input.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

References

Denshi Jisho — Online Japanese dictionary. Kanji by radicals. Retrieved June 23, 2013,
from http://jisho.org/kanji/radicals/

Pinyin Joe [拼音舟] (2005). Pinyin Joe’s Chinese Computing Help Desk. More Chinese Fonts & Apps. Retrieved July 11, 2013, from
http://www.pinyinjoe.com/pinyin/encoding.htm

Rasmussen, E. (1998). Chinese mac. Using the Chinese language on the Mac OS.. Retrieved June 10, 2013, from http://www.yale.edu/chinesemac/index.html

Wicentowski, J. (1994). Wubihua For Speakers of English. How to master the most simple Chinese character-based typing method for computers. Tutorial. Retrieved July 11, 2013, from http://www.yale.edu/chinesemac/wubi/hua.html

Zhuzhurenshui [pseud] [竹竹人水]. (2003) A survey of Chinese computing [中文電腦經脈通電腦易出版社]. Diannaoyi chubanshe.

Handwritten kanji recognition. Retrieved June 23, 2013,
from http://kanji.sljfaq.org/

Nciku. Retrieved June 23, 2013, from www.nciku.com/

MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary. Retrieved June 23, 2013, from http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php

Bi yixia [比一下]. Retrieved July 11, 2013, from
http://phone-input-method.biyixia.com/

Kanji Stroke Order. (December 08, 2008) TheJapanesePage.com. Retrieved June 20, 2013, from http://thejapanesepage.com/kanji/stroke_order

Japanese Kanji Dictionary. Retrieved June 20, 2013, from
http://www.saiga-jp.com/kanji_dictionary.html

eStroke. Animated Chinese Characters. EON Media Limited. Retrieved June 20, 2013, from http://www.eon.com.hk/estroke/

Published

03.03.2014

How to Cite

PETROVČIČ, M. (2014). Input Method "Five Strokes": Advantages and Problems. Acta Linguistica Asiatica, 3(3), 39–52. https://doi.org/10.4312/ala.3.3.39-52

Issue

Section

Research articles