RE: how to sort by stroke (not radical/stroke)

From: Marco Cimarosti (
Date: Thu May 15 2003 - 05:20:26 EDT

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    Gary P. Grosso wrote:
    > Any other opinions (besides Andrew C. West's) about the prevalence
    > and/or suitability of this method versus radical/stroke or Pinyin?
    > It would help us determine how much effort to spend on this.

    Good dictionaries use both indexing methods.

    Andrew C. West is right saying that the radical/stroke method is prevalent,
    because it is quicker, but plain stroke order is invaluable when you can't
    spot the structure of a character, either because you lack experience of
    because the character has a very unusual structure.

    The knowledge required to use the plain stroke order is all taught in the
    first two or three lessons of a Chinese course (or during the 1st grade of a
    Chinese elementary school), whereas the radical/stroke method requires
    months or even years of study.

    _ Marco

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