On Interactive Interfaces for Learning Chinese Character Writing Online

  • Manlai You
  • Yu-Jie Xu
  • Cherng Chin
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6768)


Learning to write Chinese character is a crucial process for non-native speakers in Chinese learning and a big stumbling block also. Luckily there are numbers of websites providing online learning of Chinese character writing which may benefit learners in overcoming the barriers. In this study we focus on these websites and emphasizes on the instruction of Chinese character writing. There were 24 of the websites screened from the Internet for further investigation. After intensive analysis and comparison, eight main factors in interface design of Chinese character writing were identified. They are: Media of presentation, Grid pattern, Tracing outline, Color coding, Stroke labeling, Play control, Stroke speed, and Writing exercise. Based on the analysis of the advantage and disadvantage of different implementations of these 8 main factors, an improved interface design proposal for Chinese character writing instruction is then propose to the follow-up research.


Chinese characters Chinese learning Chinese character writing Interactive interface Interface design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manlai You
    • 1
  • Yu-Jie Xu
    • 1
  • Cherng Chin
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of DesignNational Yunlin University of Science and TechnologyDouliuTaiwan

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