Recently I came across InputKing, which allows Chinese input on ANY machine that has Internet access through a web interface. This is perfect for people to try different input methods, playing around, and enter Chinese in many different places. I’ve tried it and it is just awesome.
I am curious about different input methods and their advantages and disadvantages. My Chinese input speed is pretty slow. I am a self-trained touch typist so my English typing speed is decent. I have ZiGuang pinyin on my laptop. I like ZiGuang pinyin because for common phrases, I just need to type the Sheng Mu (声母) and ZiGuang would give me the list of words for me to choose from. However, not knowing other input methods, I am not sure if I miss out on something better.
What is your favorite Chinese input method and why? What tricks and/or shortcuts do you use? Pinyin, Wubi, Microsoft Pinyin, ShuangPin, and/or others? I’d appreciate it if you let me know by commenting below, either in English or Chinese. Thanks.
PS. I highly recommend touch typing. It can make such a big impact on your life, given that most of us use computers everyday. I didn’t touch a computer until when I was in my early 20s so my typing speed was pretty bad for a long time. I taught myself touch typing in 2003. I am so glad I did that. It is very liberating when inputting text is not a hindrance. There are a lot of typing programs available on the web. TypingMaster is one of the best.