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1) For a detailed table of contents of the "CangJie Method" reference book:

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2) Overview of the "CangJie Method" reference book

-FOREWORD: Homage to the Chinese Character:

Briefly explains the important role played by the invention of Cang-Jie, the first Chinese computer system, in salvaging Chinese characters from electronic obsolescence, and pays tribute to the inventor, his team of researchers, and those who helped build this book.

-INTRODUCTION: Advantages of the Cang Jie Input Method:

Where we compare Phonetic Input Methods with Graphic Input Methods like the Cang-Jie method, and gain preliminary insight as to the simplicity of this method’s principles as well as its higher efficiency, especially to assist students remember the structure of characters and to allow high speed typing for professionals.

-CHAPTER 1: First Steps: Main- Signs & First rules:

The Cang-Jie input method is made of two ingredients: graphics (the signs) and rules. This first chapter introduces the main signs, their keyboard representation, and the indispensable basic rules to start hands-on inputting characters.

-CHAPTER 2: The Secondary Signs:

The second chapter introduces to the secondary signs, and clears the questions of the delimitating the signs when they are in complex situations.

-CHAPTER 3 : Sign Selection Rules:

The main elements having been digested in the two first chapters, we present here the rules of determining the number and the position of the signs which representative codes have to be inputted to obtain a specific character. We learn that only a maximum of 4 to 5 codes, depending of the structure of the character, are needed to obtain any character on your screen.

-CHAPTER 4: The Four Simplifications:

95% of Chinese characters can be retrieved by applying the rules presented in the previous chapters. Here in chapter 4 we explain four rules to simplify input for exceptional characters.

-SUMMARY: Cang-jie in a Nutshell:

Gives a logical and analytical (rather than pedagogical) brief presentation of the method.

If you are in a hurry and eager to learn fast… this is the place to start!

-APPENDIX I: Written Style Variations:

The Cang-Jie method is based on the graphic appearance of characters written or printed according to the customary standard. Therefore, it is important to clarify the cases where printing styles and font variations diverge from the standard.

-APPENDIX II: The Tools To Process Chinese Characters:

Chinese characters need a Chinese software system to appear on your screen: here is the description of a Chinese computer system and of related utilities (from TwinBridge Company) which will allow you to type Chinese in an English Windows environment in an easier and more productive way.

-APPENDIX III   List of 5000 traditional characters and their CangJie codes

-APPENDIX IV  List of the 7500 simplified characters and their CangJie codes.

-APPENDIX V   Signs-stickers for keyboards, and instructions.

-APPENDIX VI  CD-ROM contents and instructions for use.


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