"Red Dragonfly Chinese Word-based Input Method using the Linguistic Socity
of Hong Kong's Cantonese Romanization" (hereafter "Red Dragonfly Input
Method") is written on the basis of research and development work carried
out by Dr. K.K. Luke, Department
of Linguistics, University
of Hong Kong.
Input Method" adopts the
Linguistic Socity of Hong Kong's Cantonese Romanization. In contrast
to most other chinese Input Methods, "Red Dragonfly Input Method" uses
the word and the short phrase as its fundamental input units. On the basis
of the University of Hong Kong's Cantonese Corpus, a lexicon of some 45,000
words and short phrases has been built into the tool. In this way, the
chances of homophones (words having the same pronunciation) have been greatly
reduced. Also incorporated into "Red Dragonfly Input Method" is the Cantonese
pronunciations of a set of commonly used characters in the Hong Kong SAR
Government's Supplementary Character Set (HKSCS).
These pronunciations were provided by Dr. Cheung Kwan Hin of the Department
of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, who
has done much research in this area. This Input Method can thus be used
to type characters from the HKSCS. Particular attention is paid to the
needs of new users as well as other users by taking into account the characteristics
of Cantonese as well as convention of language use in Hong Kong. Homophones
are arranged in order of frequency of occurrence. Other features include
automatic re-arrangement of items based on actual use and user-defined
strings. As an inputting system, Red Dragonfly Input Method is easy to
learn, easy to use, efficient, and accurate.
Input Method" is free of charge. You are welcome to download it from here.
Any comments and suggestions should be sent to Dr. K.K. Luke, Department
of Linguistics, University of Hong Kong (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Upgrading will be carried out from time to time. Later versions can be
downloaded from this web site.
Left click "Download".
Indicate the path for saving the file
Double click the downloaded file, press
"OK", then indicate the path where the unzipped files will be saved, and
then press the "unzip" button.
Go to where the unzipped files have
been saved, double click "SETUP.EXE", and then indicate the sub-directory
where "Red Dragonfly Chinese Input Method" will be saved on your hard disk,
and then follow the instructions to install the input method.
More detailed instructions about the
use of the input method can be found in the HELP file.
Last updated on May 16, 2001