I was busy reading about Apple's new textbook announcement on Engadget China, and I came across the following sentence:


What is the meaning of 触控 in this sentence? (My guess is something like touch-control or touch-input?) Do these two characters form a word? How could I use this character combination in another sentence?

  • 触摸屏, 触控屏: touch screen, 触摸板, 触控板: touch pad. The word 触控 is commonly used in Taiwan, like that the word user is translated to 用户 in mainland China, but 使用者 in Taiwan.
    – xenophōn
    Commented Oct 12, 2017 at 18:10

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What you guessed is right. 触控 is touch and control: 触 as in 触摸 (touch), and 控 as in 控制 (control).

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    Would you be able to give me an example sentence? Then I will accept this as the answer. Thanks!
    – Ciaocibai
    Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 1:02
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    触控 is a term referring to the input interface of devices like iphone/ipod touch/ipad and those android phones. 触控屏 for touchscreen, 触控板 for trackpad of macbooks...etc
    – Fivesheep
    Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 1:07
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