Simplified Cangjie

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Simplified Cangjie also known as Quick, (簡易 jiǎnyì) or (速成 sùchéng) is a stroke based[1] keyboard input method based on the Cangjie IME (倉頡輸入法) but simplfied with select lists. Unlike full Cangjie, the user enters only the first and last keystrokes used in the Cangjie system, and then chooses the desired character from a list of candidate Chinese characters that pops up. This method is popular in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Simplified Cangjie is one of the few input methods which has an IME pre-installed on Chinese-capable personal computers.

Performance and learning[edit]

Although described as having an easier learning curve with less errors, Simplified Cangjie users have slower typing speed compared to full Cangjie. The user must choose from a list of candidate characters, which can be compared to "hunt and peck" vs. ordinary touch typing. Because Simplified Cangjie does not promote the full sequence of keystrokes of standard Cangjie, it could leave simplified Cangjie users without knowledge of how to code a character without the disambiguation lists.

Implementations[edit]

MS Windows[edit]

In Windows, Simplified Cangjie is called 'Quick'. Since Office 2007 and Windows 7, Microsoft offers two types of Quick; Quick and 'New Quick'. Both are found under the section for Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan). The main difference between the two is that after the second keystroke, traditional Quick shows its drop down list while 'New Quick' will guess and output a character depending on the context (the New-Quick list needs to be manually invoked with an arrow key). 'New Quick' may also change previous characters of the sentence depending on whether the context changes. Microsoft also claims New-Quick to have an improved learning algorithm.[2]

Adoption[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

In Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong, average computer users tend to prefer Simplified Cangjie over the full Cangjie largely due to its ease of use, and also the lack of other input methods available. The Cangjie IME itself has evidence of a strong presence in Hong Kong with it being available on most operating systems and keyboard layouts. As Hong Kong people are generally unfamiliar with phonetic-based input methods designed for Mandarin speakers such as pinyin and zhuyin, these methods are not widely used.

See also[edit]

References[edit]