Chinese character input standard for mobile phone advocated
Updated: 2006-10-23 15:07
China's Ministry of Information Industry is calling for the development of a
made-in-China standard for inputting Chinese characters for short
The ministry has solicited opinions from dozens of cellular
phone producers and related enterprises such as the Motorola, China Mobile and
China Unicom on the new standard.
Ninety percent of the Chinese character
input standards for mobile phone are copyrighted by foreign companies, said Wang
Lijian, secretary general of the National Information Technology Standardization
Technical Committee. This means China pays millions of dollars every year in
royalty fees for the use of the input standard, Wang said.
show that China has more than 400 million mobile phone users. Some 303 million
mobile phones were produced in China in 2005.
Chinese companies have
developed their own in-put software but they have found it difficult to enter
the market, Wang said.
Mobile phone producers are often reluctant to
change partners, Wang said.
Yet Chinese character input technologies
developed by foreign companies are not meeting the demand of Chinese market, Gao
Jingjian, head of the National Work Group on Standards of Chinese Input
Most of foreign companies use the old Chinese character
standard issued in 1980, which included only 6,763 Chinese characters. However,
the new standard includes more than 27,000 Chinese characters, Gao
Wang Lijian said the new input standard advocated by the Ministry
of Information Industry was developed by a company in south China's Guangdong
The standard has been used by some domestic mobile phone
producers such as Konka, Gionee and TCL and end users have responded well to the
input technology, Wang said. He said the ministry is soliciting advice from more
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