Terrible UI Design in MacOS Chinese Input

Published on November 14, 2019
Categories: chinese, computing and userinterface

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MacOS Chinese input allows you to cycle through the tones with TAB. I just discovered this after years of (begrudgingly) using this input method. Harrumph! They could have put the tones on the number keys to kill two birds with one stone:

  1. Number -> tone is a straightforward, well-known mapping, so I wouldn't have had to discover this feature at random.
  2. It would have forced them to find a smarter, more ergonomic way of letting me pick candidates, rather than having to lift my fingers from the letter keys to identify every single character I want to use.

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