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Character Generator Applicable to Chinese Text

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061269D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Wang, RT [+details]

Abstract

A method is described to efficiently define bit patterns that represent Chinese characters and to store these bit patterns as named objects for later retrieval. Chinese characters are pictorial. Each Chinese character is composed from some basic parts, called radicals. There are 214 known radicals. These radicals are not equivalent to the alphabets of the western languages, in that the assembly of parts into a character is not in a linear fashion, but rather in a spatial manner. Thus, by knowing the radicals of a Chinese character, and the order by which the radicals are assembled into the character is not sufficient for one to construct the correct character. This is because the placement of radicals in a two-dimensional space is important.