Previous Section Table of Contents Next Section Use your PC to Master Japanese and Chinese

Entering Text

Alphabetic Text Entry

The most direct way to enter text is via alphabetic entry, as in an English word processor. One keystroke generally corresponds to one character in an alphabetic font(4- 13). The keyboard represents alphabetic characters in the target language in accordance with accepted national standards. See the Chinese Bopomofo Chart(E- - 1) and Japanese Hiragana Chart(E- - 1).

Romanized Text Entry

A more complicated, yet widely popular way (even with native speakers) to enter non-English text is by typing in a romanized language, such as romaji(D- - 7) or pinyin(D- - 6). Smart Characters can save romanized text, or translate keystrokes directly into the target alphabet as soon as they are typed and recognized. Romaji is almost always translated to hiragana or katakana, while pinyin is used by many as a pronunciation method of its own, without translation into Bopomofo.

Chinese Character Text Entry

Chinese characters can be entered by one of these methods:
Phonetic is the quickest method for non-native speakers. See Character Entry by Phonetic Lookup(4- 5). Code Type in the Ctrl+R characters code(5- 9) followed by the character number(D- - 2). Some people can actually remember character code numbers and do this with great speed. You would do this if you cannot find a desired character in the dictionaries. See the examples in Using Uninitiated Characters(8- 2) and Using the Character in a Document (Chinese)(2C- 50) and ( Japanese)(2J- 49). Glossary The dynamic glossary(4- 6) translates abbreviations that you assign to frequently used words, phrases, or sentences, resulting in the fastest text entry. To enter the text, type the glossary key. Reference To enter a character by reference, think of a word that uses multiple characters and uses the character you want and another character you know. Enter the character you know, then select Translate Lookup Word or Phrase(3- 30) display the word. Select then paste the word into your document, and delete the unwanted character. Translation Select and enter Chinese characters, words, and phrases by searching for their glosses(D- - 4) (short translations). Type the ^D notes code(5- 8), type the English gloss, select Translate Lookup Word or Phrase(3- 30) to display words that use that gloss, then select the desired word. Radical & Stroke locates and identifies characters via their radicals and strokes. Used for entering characters you have a written example of, but do not recognize. See radical and stroke(4- 8) dictionary and Finding a Character in the Font(8- 1).

Character Entry by Phonetic Lookup

The most common way to enter a Chinese character is to enter its alphabetic (phonetic) spelling and then choose it from a phonetic dictionary list. You can convert hiragana, bopomofo, and pinyin to Chinese characters at your convenience: there is no need to interrupt your train of thought.
Previous Section Table of Contents Next Section

Need more info? Go to the Customer Service Page. Questions or comments? E-mail to Apropos Customer Service

Apropos Customer Service home page 617-648-2041
Last Modified: March 23, 1996

Copyright © 1996 Apropos, Inc.