Re: Blind people typing Chinese

Michael Munn

I kind of agree with you sir. I'm a Chinese Immigrant and I studied at the Beijing School for the Blind for 3 years and In BSB Students are required to learn braille. During Computer classes,I was taught  how to use a Screen reader called Sunshine. I was also taught to use Sogou. Another advantage about Sougou is that a person can custemmize it's dictionary that make's life much easier for those people who are doing a job as a court reporter. 
Braille display is an expensive tool in China that a blind person by itself can't afford. Only the School for the Blind and the Beijing Talking book Library or the  Braille and Talking book Library of China have them. Thanks 
Best Regards 
Michael Munn 
Michael Munn
Member: Virginia Association of Blind students
 National Federation of the Blind of   Virginia
Member: Maryland Association of Blind Students
National Federation of the Blind of  Maryland
Students of: Hadley Institute of the Blind

On Sun, Apr 7, 2019 at 10:22 AM Clement Chou <chou.clement@...> wrote:
Thanks for the fascinating information Larry!

On 4/7/19, Larry Wang <> wrote:
> There are numerous Chinese input methods. This was a key problem when
> processing Chinese with computers. There are roughly one hunderd
> thousand number of Chinese characters. About six thousand of them are
> mostly used in daily life. But there are only about one hunderd keys on
> keyboard. At first publishing houses use big key board with many keys.
> Input methods based on pinyin or zhuyin is not very popular at that time
> since you need to spend many time on finding the correct character you
> want to type. Also users at that time mostly rely on word processing
> jobs, accuracy and efficiency is important.
> A man called Wang JiangMin invented WuBi.With that you can type in most
> Chinese character within four letters, as long as you memorize a set of
> rules and practice for about a week.
> At about 2006, people brought smart prediction into pinyin input
> methods. The experience of pinyin input methods are much better now.
> Since most people in mainland China have already learned pinyin in
> primary school. Other types of input methods which requires additional
> rules practice start fading away. Few people learn other input methods.
> Wubi and other input methods are now learned by professionals and
> enthusiasts. Sougou is the most popular one of these pinyin input
> methods. But smart prediction is based on collecting your keyborad input
> data, so there is a privacy issue. Sougou pinyin also pop up
> advertisement sometimes. So I do not recomment using this. Input methods
> bundled with operation system is just enough.
> Support for microsoft pinyin and wubi is broken in windows 10 and 8.1 so
> you may find it hard to use.
> As for braille.
> There are three types of braille in mainland China. Two of them are in
> NVDA, another one has just been published about a year ago and has not
> gain popularity yet. However all of them are based on pinyin. They
> cannot represent the shape of Chinese characters. Most schools for blind
> in mainland China do not teach how to write Chinese characters. So even
> if you use braille input, you still have to choose between many
> candidates. Someone created a braille based on Chinese characters, but
> it is not widely used. Braille display is more expensive than smart
> phones and computers and its usage is very limited. Braille has
> advantage in proof reading and learing but the nature of Chinese braille
> make braille less appealing for students. Word segmentation and tone
> mark makes braille even harder to understand. Even braile itself is not
> popular among blind people in China.

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