From: Hans Aberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon May 09 2005 - 11:47:31 CDT
Are Unicode keyboard input methods discussed on this list? The
fastest method for a large character set (like Chinese), is
supposedly that one types some identifier of the character, and the
computer successively shows the possible matches. When one sees the
right character appear, one selects it.
Such an input method might relate to the discussion here about the
correctness of character names. A Unicode keyboard input method, for
standard keyboards, might be as follows:
- First one hits the button, indicating that a new Unicode character
is to be input.
- One then types metacharacters A-Z plus space on the keyboard, and
the computer displays possible character name completions, possibly
with some other identifiers, such as a number or the Unicode
- When there is only one match, one hits "enter"; alternatively, one
types the displayed number, and hits "enter".
I think it is interesting to think about the method above, because it
then becomes practically important to get character names and aliases
correct. The method might also be refined, so that one can type say
the name of a script, and get that implemented onto the keyboard.
This would then admit quick script changes, without having to
specially adapt the keyboard.
-- Hans Aberg
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