Written by ForeignExchange Translations on Friday, February 19, 2010
Searching the Internet for information on double-byte languages recently, I came across the following question about Chinese keyboards:
"Seriously, do they have letters or symbols? And if symbols, are there a ton of keys?"Intrigued, I searched a bit more and found a general sense of curiosity - but also a lack of real information. When curious minds inquire about Chinese keyboard layouts, "answers" often come in this form:
"They have normal keyboards, sometimes a couple extra buttons"But hidden amongst the dribble, I found four good resources:
- The Explainer at slate.com has a good overview of how people in China type on computers.
- Wikipedia's explanation is short and gets to the point.
- eHow.com provides an alternative description of how Chinese keyboards work.
- Help in typing pinyin with tone marks
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