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Chinese Language Computing Dilemma for E-Publishing

Three major computer encoding systems are used for Chinese:

Big5

It encodes traditional characters and is used in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao. It is one or two byte coding.

GuoBiao (GB)

It encodes simplified characters and is used in People’s Republic of China and Singapore. The latest version is GB18030 which is a one, two or four byte encoding.

Unicode

Unicode includes all the characters from GB and Big5 and more. It is supported by both Netscape and Internet Explorer and is growing in popularity.

Putting all characters up as pictures so that they can be viewed on all browsers.

challenges: hard to make changes and long time to load.

Three main types of keyboard input methods:

by encoding

by pronunciation

by structure of the characters.

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