Add a review of "The Chinese Typewriter"
authorAlex Chan <>
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-  author: Thomas S. Mullaney
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-  publication_year: '2017'
-  title: 'The Chinese Typewriter: A History'
-  date_added: 2020-05-11
-Recommended in a talk at !!Con 2020 about translating Morse code into Chinese: <>
-See also: <>
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+  author: Thomas S. Mullaney
+  cover_image: the-chinese-typewriter-a-history.jpg
+  publication_year: '2017'
+  title: 'The Chinese Typewriter: A History'
+  date_added: 2020-05-11
+  date_read: 2020-11-16
+  format: paperback
+  rating: 4
+This was recommended in a talk at !!Con 2020 about [translating Chinese into Morse code](, accompanied by a [Glitch app for doing the same](
+Mum gave it to me for my 27th birthday.
+I found it quite interesting, and I took a lot of notes.
+It goes broadly chronologically -- looking at early attempts to build a Chinese typewriter, then later concepts building on those ideas, and the social and business context it grew into.
+(For example, there's a lot of discussion of the schools where people learnt how to use the various Chinese typewriters.)
+The book really wants to address a wider topic of "how do you fit Chinese into a world dominated by the Roman alphabet".
+The typewriter is one part of this, but there are broader social, political and technical aspects -- and they all get discussed at appropriate points.
+Would recommend to anybody interested in languages, particularly Unicode nerds.