Re: Input Methods for Simplified Mandarin from Pinyin

Clement Chou

The pinyin method is actually the method I use. It works this way when
using NVDA:
type the string you want, nihao for example, to say hello.
When the list of homophones comes up, use the arrow keys to move
between choices for that string.
Use object navigation to find out which character is in which
description. Press numpad 2 twice to get a description. this of course
requires you to learn a bit more about which character means, and
enough mandarin to learn the descriptions. Use numpad 1 and 3 to move
to the previous or next characters, respectively. Hope this helps.


On 8/11/22, lutztiger.luigi@... <lutztiger.luigi@...> wrote:
Dear list,

I'm part of an intensive Mandarin course in Germany at the moment. In about
a week it will be mandatory for me being able to write simplified
on a laptop (Windows 10, NVDA 2021.4, using IBM-TTS).

Many sighted people use a Pinyin based input method in which they type in
the pinyin and are shown homophone characters of which they visually select
the right one. Obviously, this method isn't exactly accessible.

How do blind NVDA-users input simplified chinese characters? I've tried the
Microsoft Bopomofo keyboard (part of traditional Chinese language packs,
allows simplified output), but I didn't figure out how to distinguish
between homophones so far.

I'm glad for any help!



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