The secrets of non-Latin texters, revealed!

The economist has an excellent primer on how mobile users enter non-Latin text using a standard numeric keypad on a typical mobile phone. And you thought T9 was hard!

Pinyin is an easy shortcut for Chinese users, who have over twenty-thousand available characters to choose from depending on the dialect. And Tamil-speaking texters group their two hundred characters into similar sounds, whittling the numberpad options down to a manageable 50.

Will touch-screens change everything? Read on and see what the Economist has to say about that…

Monitor: A question of character | The Economist.


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