02. April 2020 · Write a comment · Categories: Uncategorized

Average English speakers never understand why people need a input method sometimes. People write in a non-latin alphabet system like Russian or Korean, or in a non-English Latin alphabet system like Germany or French adjust the keyboard layout slightly when they type. When their alphabet have more than 26 letters, they need a letter combination. In some alphabet writing systems like Uyghur or traditional Mongolian in which a single letter change its form in defferent parts of the word(initial form/ coda form/ middle form). This changes usually occur in font. In a language which was not writen in alphabet, we need a input method to input Chinese characters. Sometimes we have to input some Unicode character frequently, like linguistic input IPA sometimes. We need a DIY keyboard layout and a DIY input method.

STEP ONE:

Attach your QWERTY-keys (or key-combinations)to a Unicode character(s)(DIY keyboard layout)(maybe we can add a showcard of the unicode characters you've already type in)

STEP TWO;

Attach your Unicode character combinations to a word in your vocabulary pool(DIY input method)(Microsoft might have a model vocabulary pool like that, so that users could use it without much changes)

Most languages only have to do the STEP ONE. But Mandarin Chinese only do the STEP TWO. We can also do both step one and two to create a input method to type Japanese or some other Sinitic languages or even acient Chinese.

One important news to tell you that now Mandarin Chinese is the fastest typing languages all over the world. Some type 2 times faster than we normally speak. That is the work of vocabulary pool and input method.  We can type a complete sentence without a break of blank space. The whole sentence came out immediately. If English or any other languages build up a input method with a vocabulary pool and sentence pool. The typing speed will accelerate immediately!

RIME did a good work for DIY. But it‘s too difficult for common people.

https://rime.im/

I hope Microsoft will make a breakthrough!

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