Chinese and Computers

edited by Hanno E. Lecher
Last updated on 28 Jul 2005, 5 main entries

  1. Essential!
    Unihan Database (Unicode, Inc.)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "[...] database of information regarding the CJK Unified Ideographs (Unihan) which are a part of the Unicode Standard, Version 4.0. This database originated with data provided by Research Libraries Group, Xerox, Taligent, and Apple. Chinese and Japanese compound data presented in the on-line database come from the on-line CEDICT and Jim Breen's EDICT projects. These additional data are not available in the text-file version. There are also two indices for the index, a grid index grouping the characters in blocks of 256 and a radical-stroke index. A search page is also available. Individual characters can be accessed through the index or via the "Lookup" button and text field above. Enter the four- or five-digit hexadecimal identifier for the character, and click "Lookup." You will be taken to an information page for the character. [...]"
    Description: The Unihan Database page is part of the website and provides access to all CJKV (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese) characters of the Unicode Standard, currently (20040627) in version 4.0. Although the "Lookup" function only searches for UTF32 code points, there is a "Unihan Search Page" available at, that also allows to search for the english definitions and modern "Mandarin" prononciation with tones (i.e. zhong1). It is also possible to browse the characters database using the "Unihan Grid Index" or the "Unihan Radical-stroke Index" (both still based on the Unicode Standard, v.3.1). [Especially browsing the character lists can become time-consuming, as all characters are displayed as small linked graphics.]
    Site contents: (1) Contents (About the Unihan database, The complete Unihan database); (2) Unihan Database (Unihan Grid Index, Unihan Radical-stroke Index, Unihan Search Page, Full list of Unihan Tags); (3) Related Links (Code Charts (PDF Version), Unicode Character Names Index, The Unicode Standard, Version 4.0).
    Added 28 Jun 2004 (MA)

  2. Very useful
    Alan Wood's Unicode Resources. Unicode and Multilingual Support in HTML, Fonts, Web Browsers and Other Applications. (Alan Wood, UK)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "On this Web site, I have tried to gather together practical information about Unicode and the increasing number of applications and fonts that support it, intended to help people who are trying to use Unicode to produce standardised multilingual and technical documents. "
    Description: This page is one of the first to visit if you want to know what to do to enable your browser, word document, or website, to display Unicode characters. It also contains some information on unicode fonts and conversion tools.
    Site contents: (1) Introduction; (2) Characters; (3) Fonts; (4) Browsers; (5) Applications and utilities; (6) Word 97, Word 2000 and Word 2002; (7) Creating multilingual Web pages; (8) Links; (9) Copyright, Terms and Conditions.
    Added 08 May 2004 (MA)

  3. Useful
    Chinese language processing (Sebastien Bruggeman, Catholic University Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
    Language: English; Dutch.
    Self description: "Although the title of this page is Chinese language processing, this page is more about Chinese computing and everything related with it. But you can also find information on Chinese language processing and the use of Chinese on periperhal devices."
    Site contents: (1) Technical (Charactersets; Encoding; Input methods); (2) Internet (Domain name issues; China's 'Great Firewall'; i18n and l10n); (3) Help (HOWTO (need help with Chinese on the computer or web?); References); (4) Documentation (RFC's; Online documents; Papers); (5) Linux (Chinese Linux distributions; Chinese HOWTO); (6) Handheld devices (Cellphones; PDA; Other (pen, ocr, ...)); (7) In Dutch; (8) Other (Search CEDICT; Downloads); (9) Language (Chinese grammar; Romanisation; Language processing (machine) translation).
    Added 28 Jul 2005 (MA)

  4. Essential!
    A Quick and Dirty Guide to Installing and Using East Asian Languages Under Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP (Robert Y. Eng, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, USA)
    Language: English.
    Self description: "This document is intended as a guide to installing and using Chinese and Japanese on a PC running Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP, based on my personal (and often frustrating) attempts. Hopefully the steps outlined below will facilitate your efforts and get you up and running using East Asian languages in your documents. Once East Asian language support is installed on your PC, you can create documents in Chinese, Japanese or Korean with most Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Outlook Express, etc.) , and with some non-Microsoft applications. You can even mix languages in your document. It should be emphasized that (1) some of the choices taken during installation may be replaced by other options based on your personal preferences and expertise --- the ones picked here are the ones that may be easiest for people with little or no experience in using Microsoft's Input Method Editors for foreign languages; (2) the steps used in inputting text are for illustrative purposes and may not represent the most efficient ones to achieve the desired results, particularly for skilled users. The installation of East Asian language support and their input methods vary some between Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP. So I have created separate pages for these two Windows platforms. I have also included numerous screen shots to illustrate the steps involved. For maximum clarity, I have not reduced the dimensions of most of these shots, but have optimized their sizes for Web display."
    Site contents: (1) Installing East Asian Language Support Under Windows 2000 Professional; (2) Installing East Asian Language Support Under Windows XP; (3) Writing Chinese Under Windows 2000 Professional/XP; (4) Writing Japanese Under Windows 2000 Professional/XP; (5) Sending and Receiving Chinese E-Mail: Overview; (6) Sending and Receiving Japanese E-Mail: Overview.
    Added 07 May 2004 (MA)

  5. Essential!
    Chinese Mac - Frequently Asked Questions (Eric Rasmussen, Chinese-Mac discussion group, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA)
    Language: English.
    Description: The site has been developed as FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section to the "Chinese-Mac" discussion group ( "for people to ask questions and exchange information on all subjects related to using the Chinese language on Apple Macintosh computers". The FAQ-site is maintained by Eric Rasmussen.
    Site contents: (1) Getting started; (2) Mac OS X; (3) User's Guide; (4) Character sets and encodings; (5) Fonts; (6) Input methods; (7) Utilities; (8) Applications; (9) Internet; (10) Study tools; (11) Windows; (12) Palm OS; (13) Links; (14) Seal; (15) Editorial; (16) Site map
    Resource suggested via Asian Studies WWW Monitor (16 Feb 2002) by Cynthia Col.
    Added 6 Jan 2004 (MA)

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