An input method editor (IME) is a program or operating system component that allows computer users to enter complex characters and symbols (such as Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan and Korean characters), using a standard Western keyboard. It is also often called input method environment.
The term IME is generally used in a Microsoft Windows context. Other operating system may have a different name for same idea: for example, Input Method for Mac OS, FEP for MS-DOS, or XIM for X Window System.
The Wubi method is based on the structure of characters rather than their pronunciation, making it possible to input unfamiliar characters, as well as not being too closely linked to any particular Chinese dialect.
Although it is possible to input Traditional Chinese characters with this method, this method is often associated with Simplified Chinese characters.
The Four corner method is a method of encoding Chinese characters using four numerical digits per character (in some situations, an additional digit is used).
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