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CantoInput - An Input Method (IME) for Cantonese. Author: John Burket CantoInput is a freely available, Unicode-based Chinese input method (IME) which allows the user to type both traditional and simplified characters using Cantonese romanization. Both the Yale and Jyutping methods are supported. While there already exist excellent phonetic input methods based on Mandarin Pinyin pronunciation, there is a general lack of support for Cantonese. As a Cantonese learner, I was frustrated by the difficulty of typing Chinese, especially Cantonese specific colloquial characters. Most existing Cantonese input methods require a Chinese version of Windows and operate using non-Unicode encodings such as BIG5 or GB, while non-phonetic methods such as Cangjie have a very steep learning curve. I originally wrote this program in 2006 for my own personal use but decided to make it freely available since I felt that other Cantonese speakers and learners might also find it useful. It's still pretty basic, but hopefully I'll have time to add more features in the future.