The Chinese Typewriter
A History (The MIT Press)
Thomas S. Mullaney
Discover the fascinating history of how Chinese characters triumphed over the QWERTY keyboard and laid the foundation for China's booming information technology sector today. Follow the experiments, prototypes, successes, and failures of a century-long quest for a workable Chinese typewriter. Learn about the earliest Chinese typewriters, typewriting schools, clerks and secretaries who experimented with alternative ways of organizing characters, and Mao's favorite typewriter - the Double Pigeon. This book explores how the visionaries and innovators behind the Chinese typewriter paved the way for China's unique technological landscape.
2020-01-16T18:40:46.000Z3/ If you think that seems weird, consider that there is even a current journal (ACM Transactions on Asian Language Information Processing). As early as the 40’s IBM was working to solve “Chinese typing”. This wonderful book chronicles typing in Chinese. – source