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Using the initial element of a simplified characters' cangjie input code to sort characters alphabetically by shape
Published: 2020 11 17

Cangjie input codes are shape based input codes for both Traditional and simplified Chinese characters.

Cangjie input codes map 24 symbols to 24 letters of the alphabet

Cangjie input codes map 24 basic symbols to 24 letters of the English alphabet. X is only used for special cases and Z not at all.

Because each cangjie symbol maps to a letter, cangjie input codes make it possible to sort Chinese characters alphabetically by shape.

24 cangjie sub-index pages

This page links to 24 sub pages, each page indexing characters that have a cangjie code beginning with that specific letter or symbol.

You can get to those pages quickly and directly via the blue boxes at the top of this page.

If you are new to the idea of cangjie input codes, then you can browse this page (or use the page toc) to see the various sub-shapes (or "derivatives") associated with each initial cangjie input symbol or letter.

Sub-sorting to make cangjie input codes useful for shape based Chinese character lookup

The challenge with using the cangjie input system as an index is that the first element of a character can be represented by one or two symbols. Thus just relying on the input code isn't enough to create a really useful (and easy to use) index for Chinese characters. Extra sorting is required. And the index pages linked to from this page have been subjected to the sorting required.

C1 Cangjie 1st Index, TOC

日/a, Sun

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Sun: "日" or "a" element.

月/b, Moon

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Moon: "月" or "b" element.

金/c, Gold

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Gold: "金" or "c" element.

木/d, Tree

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Tree: "木" or "d" element.

水/e, Water

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Water: "水" or "e" element.

火/f, Fire

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Fire: "火" or "f" element.

土/g, Earth

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Earth: "土" or "g" element.

竹/h, Bamboo

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Bamboo: "竹" or "h" element.

戈/i, Spear

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Spear: "戈" or "i" element.

十/j, Ten

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Ten: "十" or "j" element.

大/k, Big

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Big: "大" or "k" element.

中/l, Within

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Within: "中" or "l" element.

一/m, One

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the One: "一" or "m" element.

弓/n, Archers bow

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Archers bow: "弓" or "n" element.

人/o, Man

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Man: "人" or "o" element.

心/p, Heart

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Heart: "心" or "p" element.

手/q, Hand

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Hand: "手" or "q" element.

口/r, Mouth

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Mouth: "口" or "r" element.

尸/s, Corpse

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Corpse: "尸" or "s" element.

廿/t, Twenty

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Twenty: "廿" or "t" element.

山/u, Mountain

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Mountain: "山" or "u" element.

女/v, Woman

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Woman: "女" or "v" element.

田/w, Field

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Field: "田" or "w" element.

卜/y, Divine

The following leading elements all have cangjie input codes that start with the Divine: "卜" or "y" element.

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