Pin1yin1 is the official romanization system for Mandarin Chinese. It was promulgated in 1958 and has been a United Nations standard since 1977.
The meaning of Quan2pin1 depends on what other input methods you have. If you have Pinyin and Quanpin then you must type the tone numbers in Pinyin but not in Quanpin. If you have Quanpin and Shuangpin then Quanpin is full Pinyin (with or without tones) and Shuangpin is abbreviated Pinyin.
Shuang1pin1 is two-letter Pinyin. Every syllable is analyzed into an onset and a rhyme. An onset is an initial consonant and a rhyme is what follows. Every onset and every rhyme is represented by exactly one letter, eg. Shuangpin is written as 'udpn'. One-letter onsets and one-letter rhymes are typed as in standard Pinyin. This is how you abbreviate digraph onsets:
If a syllable starts with a vowel then it has a silent onset. Different applications use different keystrokes to mark a silent onset, eg. an apostrophe ( ' ) or letter o.
The keystrokes for complex rhymes are application-specific. Read the help file of your application.
zhu4yin1, also known as Bopomofo, is a non-Roman transcription system derived from character strokes. It was adopted in 1913 and is still used in Taiwan. Click here to learn Zhuyin. View a typical Zhuyin keyboard.
The Zhuyin input method is used to type han4zi4. To type Zhuyin, use the Symbols input method.
Cang1jie2 is a fast input method that identifies characters by their shape. It was developed by Zhu1 Bang1fu4 in Taiwan and is named after the legendary inventor of Chinese writing.
Learn Cangjie and other input methods from Dylan Sung.
Wu3bi3 is another input method by shape. It is very popular in mainland China.
Learn Wubi from Joe Wicentowski.
Fu2hao4: any full-width character that is not a han4zi4 is referred to as a symbol in Chinese information processing. Symbols include letters, numbers, punctuation marks, iconic symbols, etc. You can input symbols through pop-up keyboards or character maps.
: type the pronunciation in Hepburn (or other) romanization and select your kana or kanji from the list displayed on the input bar:
Click it or type its number. The first item may also be selected by pressing the space bar.
Input commonly used compounds and phrases as units:
Type hiragana and select your kana or kanji from the list displayed on the input bar.
Kigô: any full-width character that is not a kana or kanji is referred to as a symbol in Japanese information processing. Symbols include letters, numbers, punctuation marks, iconic symbols, etc. You can input symbols through pop-up keyboards or character maps.
Type jamo to get hangul syllables:
Type jamo and press the button to get hanja:
Input full-width letters, numbers, punctuation marks, icons and other symbols through pop-up keyboards or character maps.
Click the radical of your character in the pop-up window, give the number of strokes and select your character from the list.
August 7, 2000