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Old 14th May 2016, 01:04 AM
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Chinese characters vs. QWERTY: Will Chinese win?

Interesting article:

It's time to get over QWERTY: A Q&A with Tom Mullaney on alphabets, Chinese characters, and computing.

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Ever since the mass manufacture of typewriters began in the U.S. in the 19th century, engineers and entrepreneurs imagined a day when this new technology would conquer the Chinese language and open up a vast new market to Remington, Underwood, Olivetti, and more...

[B]y the 1990s, [this] seemed to many to have come true: computers throughout China began to look “just like ours,” even including the familiar QWERTY keyboard, which today is ubiquitous in the Chinese-speaking world.

In the Western world, people began to assume that the Latin alphabet had finally “conquered” Chinese — just like they assumed it always would. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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If anything, Chinese conquered the alphabet, not the other way around.
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