How to input Chinese characters (simplified and traditional)
Chinese language has two writing systems:
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese
The Input Method Editor (IME) allows you to type Chinese characters. Add Chinese language from the list of languages and language settings in your PC or Mac — then, simply switch between languages.
How can you add the IME in your computer?
Adding IMEs (Input Method Editors)
Chinese on your Mac
Make sure that the language bar is visible. There is also the option for a soft keyboard.
Please contact eSolutions if you have problems activating the IME on your device. The computers in the library have the IME enabled by default.
When to best use Chinese characters
Use Chinese characters if you:
- know the title of the item in Chinese
- know the name of the author in Chinese
Please note that searching with simplified and traditional Chinese will get different results. In the example below, the book 粱啓超史學論著三種 could only be found by typing traditional Chinese because it is written and thus catalogued in traditional Chinese. Likewise, if a book is written and catalogued in simplified Chinese, you need to type in simplified Chinese to be able to find it. So to make sure you get good results, it is better to try both simplified and traditional Chinese.