Often when people want to type some pinyin, they put tone marks as numbers:

ni3 chi1le ma?

But it's much easier to read with tone marks as accents:

wǒ chīguòle

I wrote a pinyin formatter (available at shinyandnew.ca) which allows for easy formatting of pinyin based on numeric tone entry (type v for ü). Maybe this, or something like it, could be integrated here?

  • +1 I approve this suggestion.
    – Orion
    Dec 17, 2011 at 0:28
  • There is the char ŏ (014F) in Unicode.
    – fefe
    Dec 23, 2011 at 5:02
  • Nice. On MS Windows, you can also use Pinyinput, which allows you to input pinyin wherever you are typing, instead of copying it from a web form.
    – Tsundoku
    Dec 25, 2016 at 15:36

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If you are proposing to integrate some pinyin input method, I agree then. :)

  • If by "pinyin input method" you mean "type in some pinyin and hanzi appears" then no, that's not what I am suggesting. I mean you type in pinyin words with tone numbers and they auto-convert to pinyin words with tone accents. Dec 14, 2011 at 15:11
  • @Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 Oh, now I realize it's ambiguous... I meant what you meant, type "zhong1" and you get "zhōng".
    – Alenanno
    Dec 14, 2011 at 15:14

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