From: Frank Yung-Fong Tang (email@example.com)
Date: Tue May 10 2005 - 22:49:48 CDT
Dear Hans: I have no strong opinion about other part of your email but the
following is not really 'correct'.
2005/5/9, Hans Aberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> 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.
In Chinese, that is not the "Fastest method". It is probably the method that
easiest to learn. But any input method which involve of eye/hand
coordination won't be the 'fastest' to type.
For traditional Chinese, what you describe is very close to BoPoMoFo method
(or Phonetic one), about 15 years ago, people invented a more intellegnet
method that mach phrase instead of character by word frequence distribution.
However, these are usually good for normal user to learn but won't be FAST
becauase often time any input method involve 'eye' to find what to select
will be slower to blind typing method that is determistic without using eye
(yes, any professional English touch typist can type English without looking
at either the keyboard or the screen, in the same way, most of the fast
Changjie typist or BoShaMi typist can touch type too. ) BoShaMi input
method, which usually do not prompt user any character to select was the
'FASTEST' Chinese input method (my info was old. It was the fastest about 7
years ago. Not sure now). Professional trained BoShaMi typist can easily
type 120 Chinese characters per minutes with their eyes blind folded.
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