Report Number: CS-TR-81-848
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: On the problem of inputting Chinese characters
Author: Tang, Chih-sung
Date: April 1981
Abstract: If Chinese-speaking society is to make the best use of computers, it is important to develop an easy, quick, and convenient way to input Chinese characters together with other conventional characters. Many people have tried to approach this problem by designing special typewriters for Chinese character input, but such methods have serious deficiencies and they do not take advantage of the fact that the input process is just part of a larger system in which a powerful computer lies behind the keyboard. The purpose of this note is to clarify the problem and to illustrate a promising solution based entirely on a standard ASCII keyboard.