A method for using sequential positional information to recognize handprinted Chinese characters, and a computer program that uses this method to provide a translation aid. The desired character is drawn on the RAND graphical input tablet and is reproduced on the CRT display page, which includes the asked-for character together with its pronunciation and its identification number in the standard Chinese-English dictionary. The program can be used for any forms that are drawn in a particular sequence of strokes. Both recognition routines (Chinese and Roman characters) analyze the point-by-point locations as each stroke is being drawn, and identify it within milliseconds after completion. The program could be used in preparing a hardcopy dictionary index or teaching aids by use of a graphical output printer. (See also RM-5016.)
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