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Text Entry Systems by Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii, I. Scott MacKenzie

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CHAPTER 13

Text Entry in Hebrew and Arabic Scripts

Tsuguya Sasaki,     Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii,     University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

13.1 INTRODUCTION

“Ths nglsh sntnc s wrttn nl wth cnsnntl chrctrs” is the consonant sequence for the sentence “This English sentence is written only with consonantal characters.” Hebrew and Arabic speakers read and write daily using such consonant-only sequences. Such a script is called abjad or consonantary by Daniels and Bright (1996) as explained in Chap. 10. This chapter concerns text entry in abjads.

Text consisting only of consonants might seem surprising to readers unfamiliar with Hebrew or Arabic. However, the contrast between consonants and vowels is universal in ...

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