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 '11 at 0:28
There is the char ŏ (014F) in Unicode. – fefe Dec 23 '11 at 5:02

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. – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Dec 14 '11 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 '11 at 15:14

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