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Chinese Character Sets
Chinese characters may appear on Web pages as images (gif or jpeg) or special character sets. When they appear as special character sets you must have those fonts downloaded to your computer for them to display. The language and character set names will appear under Character Set or Encoding in the View menu your browser even though the fonts have not been downloaded. See an example page with the Traditional Chinese Big5 character set.These characters are activated automatically when the document header contains the following META tag:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=big5"> .
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="zh">
(you must select View > Source to see meta tags).
This should work you have downloaded the character set and selected it in preferences. (See below)
Chinese characters may also be activated by other tags such as HTML, P and FONT. In this case and when there is no META tag in the header, you have to select the character set from the menu bar View > Encoding/Character Set
You may also use something like:
The character for "East" Encoded with "STYLE="font-family:MingLiU;" ,™F, should appear as if you select Big 5/Traditional Chinese
View > Encoding/Character Set menu and have the Big5 character set installed.
™For use character entity coding with the Unicode character number. e.g. "東", (東)
Viewing Chinese Character Sets in Netscape and Internet ExplorerView Menu (Encoding or Character Sets)
PMingLiU is a replacement for MingLiU
SimSun s a replacement for MS Song
Display Chinese Character Sets in your browserYahoo Chinese Page
Viewing Chinese using Netscape
PC Operating System SupportLinks:
Macintosh OS X
Traditional Chinese www.microsoft.com/Taiwan/
Simplifed Chinese www.microsoft.com/China/
Written ChineseWritten Chinese can take several forms, similar to script/cursive or printing for western languages. In 1956 and in 1964 China simplified several thousand characters to make learning Chinese less difficult.
Note: The fonts below will not display correctly until you install the character set and select it from the View > Encoding/Character Set menu.
Only one character set (plus English) can be used with a document, so only one the fonts below will display correctly at any time.
Traditional characters are used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and most overseas communities.
Some other forms are: pinyin romanization, or zhuyin symbols.
Han unification is the process used by the authors of Unicode and the Universal Character Set to map multiple character sets of the CJK languages into a single set of unified characters. The Chinese characters are common to Chinese (where they are called hanzi), Japanese (where they are called kanji), and Korean (where they are called hanja).
Unicode CJK come in several variations: CJK compatibility, CJK Unified Ideographs, CJK Compatibility Ideographs, CJK compatibility Forms, CJK Miscellaneous
Chinese writing softwareTwin Bridge
Other Language CodesLanguage Codes
CJK (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) GB (GuoBiao) - Character Set used for Simplified Characters HZ - a 7-bit data format proposed for arbitrarily mixed GB and ASCII text file exchange. Big5 - Character Set used for Traditional Characters EUC - Extended UNIX Code Glyph - In typography, the shape given in a particular typeface to a specific symbol. UTF - Universal Transformation Format - A method for converting 16-bit Unicode characters into 7- or 8-bit characters ISO-2022-CN - yet another new standard being quietly developed by Chinese software engineers in China and Taiwan SIP Supplementary Ideographic PlaneLinks:
Character styles at transname.com
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