Some traditional words supported. This is the traditional character for my middle character of my chinese name.
If I have the time, there are a few features I like to have in the future.
- One is creating a bookmarklet, for which this input method would work with any site – like my virtual keyboard bookmarklet released previously. The advantages that bookmarklets have over browsers addon is that the browser like firefox does not need to be restarted, making it a very useful tool for non-home computers. (Gangwen, if you are still finding a online IME, you may like to try Sogou’s Cloud Pinyin/启用搜狗云输入法 bookmarklet).
- Another is tying this input to a chinese dictionary, making it a valuable tool for chinese beginners.
ttf2pt1 gives me.
- Another idea is hooking this up to a DIY Multi-touch pad if I get to built one.
And so I wonder if there’s a need for this application.
- I heard that Macs already have this input method using their touchpads built into the OS. Windows 7 seems to have pretty good chinese recognition with their stylus input as seen from their blog
- Newer HTC phones running Android have a HTC custom native input method called Touch Input. See HTC_CIME HTC的官方手写输入法. It doesn’t come with my HTC Magic, and requires some rooting or hacking – something I don’t have time for now, otherwise I could try writing android applications too.
Some friends may think that I started this experimented because of my inability to read chinese and maybe its true, or indeed its true my chinese language (similar my other verbals and written languages) is pretty weak! So maybe someone might still find this useful. Again, the source code is available for anyone to modify it.
Lastly for those still celebrating the launar new year, happy new year!
p.s. I created an easter egg in view of the chinese new year. Double clicking on a suggestion turn the word upside down. Some homes turn their words upside down to symbolize prosperity falling to their homes. This animation is done using Css3 transform properties (supported by the new firefox, opera and webkits- safari, chrome browsers).