These are a few of the many results (re cursive *Chinese-character*
handwriting) that a little session with the INFOSEEK search engine (
www.infoseek.com ) turned up.
(There were FAR too many to quote them all - BTW, there were at least as
many references to *Japanese*-character cursive.)
To help you spot references to Chinese-character cursive, I have re-typed
these to be in CAPITAL LETTERS.
This is from Taiwan's Government Information Office web-site on traditional
"... There are all kinds of subcategories of the "Grass" or CURSIVE SCRIPT
style, some of which are combinations with other styles, for example, the
CURSIVE SEAL SCRIPT and the CURSIVE OFFICIAL SCRIPT styles. There is also a
"WILD CURSIVE" (K'uang ts'ao) style. The features shared by all [Chinese]
CURSIVE styles are a simplified structure, running together of strokes,
rapidly written and flowing
lines--and a low level of legibility. The beauty of the CURSIVE SCRIPT is
expressed in a Chinese saying : "The writing stops but the meaning goes on;
the brush has been
put down but the power is unending."...
[In other words - not only is there "a" Chinese cursive, there's a whole
*bunch* of them!]
This one is from the Lexicus/Motorola computer firm:
Motorola proudly announces WisdomPen(tm) Chinese
Handwriting Recognition Software for Windows(R) 95 desktop
and notebook computers. When using the WisdomPen system,
Chinese writers can input Chinese characters into a computer in
the most natural way: they can write in their natural handwriting.
Using a digitizing tablet and WisdomPen software, Chinese
writers can input over 20,000 characters into Windows 95
applications on standard desktop and notebook computers.
Motorola's WisdomPen software is the most accurate, easiest to
use, CURSIVE CHINESE character recognizer available.
In CHINA contact:
Beijing Tsinghua Wintone
tel: 8610 6255 7787
fax: 8610 6278 4456
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In HONG KONG contact:
tel: 852 2564 9200
In the UNITED STATES or CANADA contact:
TwinBridge Software Corporation
tel: 1-800-894-6114 or (213)263-3926
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In TAIWAN contact:
tel: 886-2-371 6000
fax: 886-2-371 7750
In SINGAPORE, contact:
MICRO-G Technology PTE, Ltd.
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In MALAYSIA, contact:
MICRO-G Technology (M) Sdn Bhd
[Hmmm .... that's *quite* a lot of countries with well-paid executives
selling a computer-product related to something that
(so a few on this list have stated)
does *not* *even* *exist* ... ]
Oh, well, maybe it's only Lexicus/Motorola who is screwy enough to sell a
product realted to something which at least some people on this listserv
KNOW does not exist ... whoops!-NO! Apple's gotten into the act, too ...
I forgot to copy the Internet site for this one, but it's from the
Tokyo bureau of the IDG News Service, on 25-September-1996:
Comdex Asia: Apple to Ship Chinese Language Input Suite
By Rob Guth (IDG News Service, Tokyo bureau)
SINGAPORE (Sept. 25) - Apple Computer Inc. today added a handwriting system for
simplified and traditional Chinese to its growing range of input offerings
for Chinese users.
The application, called Chinese Handwriting Kit 1.0, will be sold as part
of the Apple Advanced Chinese Input Suite (ACIS), which includes a new
release of the company's Chinese Dictation Kit, version 1.5, first launched
in Beijing last year.
The suite, for the MacOS system 7.5 or higher requires 16-bit sound, 8M
bytes of free main memory and 35M bytes of hard-drive storage to handle the
voice file for the dictation kit, the company said.
The suite will be priced at S$235 (US$170) and beginning in late October
will be available in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The CHK has a graphics tablet, available separately, on which users can
write CURSIVE CHINESE CHARACTERS and Latin letters, Apple said. The system
converts the handwriting into double-byte digital text that can be then
manipulated by Macintosh applications.
In addition, the system supports writing from left to right, right to
left and top to bottom, the company said.
For users learning Chinese, the system includes Stroke Player, an
on-screen guide for demonstrating a character's correct stroke order.
The new version of the dictation kit, meanwhile, includes an enlarged
dictionary of 20,000 words, and recognizes words from a vocabulary of
350,000 commonly used phrases.
Apple can be reached in Singapore at +65-483-6684.
Updated September 25,1996
So far ...
The evidence suggests the reality of Chinese cursive.
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