Education Journal


1989.第17卷第1期(Vol. 17 No. 1).pp. 51–57



Chinese Input Systems: A Comparative Study of Cantonese Encoding System and Strokes Encoding System

譚英隆、鍾財文(Ying-Lung TAM & Choi-Man CHUNG)




The characteristics of two Chinese input systems, Cantonese Encoding System and Strokes Encoding System, were compared in this research. Two groups of students from a college of education learned the two different input systems. Their performance on the average Chinese character encoding accuracies were then measured. Results showed that both input systems can be mastered in a short period of time. The Cantonese Encoding System could be grasped immediately after only simple instructions, but improvement in encoding accuracy was small throughout the experiment. The Strokes Encoding System was harder for the learners at the beginning but encoding accuracy improved greatly after sessions of encoding practice. After four hours of learning, the accuracy of the Strokes Encoding group overtook the Cantonese Encoding group. Results showed that the Cantonese Encoding System is suitable for immediate use by users without any Chinese input experience while the Strokes Encoding system is suitable for frequent input work like work-processing and application software packages which require intensive keyboard input.