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INTRODUCTION  

Printed Chinese characters contain
o enclosures
x crosses
i dots and lines
s angles

This gives some basic graphics that can be
approximated with the following characters

目 日 罒 夕 口 乂 牛 十
ノ 八 阝 丶 山 一 丨 亅
长 乚 弓 厂 冂 ㄥ 人 フ

Each graphic has a plain text equivalent

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So a Chinese character
can be represented by text

For example:

古 85   不 HAI   贝 UY

To find a character
input part of one element
followed by a space, then
part of another element


Input can be a mixture of any
Chinese characters and oxis text


  Use a double space to
  find complete characters

Or, instead of a space use:

X to find an exact match
for the preceding element

C to find characters that
have clusters of elements

G to find characters that
have groups of elements

W to find characters that
are a single whole element

include an R to find radicals only

Characters and their elements
are described left to right,
top to bottom, outside to inside

FITTING GRAPHICS TOGETHER

Elements can be composed in different ways

a sequence of graphics
丁 HJ   百 HD2   王 H8H

a superposition of graphics
大 8Y   木 8A   女 846

one graphic influencing another
彐 EJ   (E facing the same direction as J)
臼 EKEJ   (E direction K, E direction J)
臣 1K   (1 influenced by K)

annotated text shows this explicitly with
q for sequence, p for superposition, n for influenced by

丁 HqJ   百 HqDq2   王 Hq8qH
大 8pY   木 8pA   女 8p4p6
彐 EnJ   臼 EnKqEnJ   臣 1nK

the influence operation n can also mean not
n5L   永 nK   艮 2nK
so some graphics can represent
approximately part of themselves

Annotations are used to show composition
but are not included in character definitions