I run Fedora and was wondering if it's possible to write character components with keyboard? E.g. only the left part of "说"? If yes, how would one do that?
Like @user25500062 said, 五笔输入法 can do this.
I think you mean
particles, not keys, though.
Wubi Shurufa, or the
Wubi Input Method, is used mainly by older Chinese people who never properly learned
pinyin in school. Most of the younger generation use only
pinyin. However, if you put the time and effort into using wubi, you'll type at an amazing speed, and will be able to do what you're looking for.
It's very useful for learning the stroke order of the characters. If you don't understand pinyin yet, you should learn pinyin too.
However... I think you should also look for a drawing pad IME that converts drawn characters to their correct character, but you may need to try it a few times, and will most likely need the correct stroke order. I tried several, and sometimes it doesn't completely recognize the character.
If you're too lazy to find a proper application (like I am right now), you can head on over to Google Translate and select the following:
- Down-arrow icon at the bottom-left corner.
- Select the option, "Chinese (Simplified, China) - Handwrite
Then you can draw characters and try to get them converted. Make sure you're translating
"FROM" Chinese "
TO" any other language before attempting this, or it won't show up.
You need 五笔输入法, but I think it would be very difficult to learn, even to native Chinese speakers.
I think the best way to do it is draw it with mouse, some input method support the feature.
You just need an input method with a dictionary of bushou(部首) characters. While you are running Fedora Linux, I recommend you to try an open source input method engine called Rime. There are two front-ends available for Linux distros: ibus-rime and fcitx-rime. And it is cross-platfom, which means you can use your own configuration on Windows, Mac OS X and Android. You can customize your own dictionary. For example, you can just input 'shuo' and get a candidate list containing "讠" and "訁". It's up to you and you don't have to learn an extra way to input Chinese characters like 五笔(Wubi).