From: Marco Cimarosti (email@example.com)
Date: Thu May 15 2003 - 05:20:26 EDT
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.
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