Chinese Fonts

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  1. On The Rocks

    On The Rocks Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just recently picked up my new IBM T60p. I currently live and work in China so frequently use Chinese websites.

    I can view almost all the Chinese characters that come up on the screen but sometimes some will appear as little squares.

    Now today I went to download the online stock market watch program to watch my stocks but the site is almost completely unreadable. Half of it comes through fine but the other half is squares and zeros with lines through them and so on.

    I tried going to "view" then "encoding" and switching to the other chinese ones available but they make it worse. The automatic one is the best but not nearly good enough.

    Can somebody point me in the right direction to fixing this problem please.

    My OS is windows xp with office basic.

    Thanks
     
  2. qhn

    qhn Notebook User

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    u should be able to add more language supports within control panel->regional & language options->keyboard and language

    cheers ...
     
  3. System64

    System64 Windows 7 x64

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    yup. let me add on to qhn's post. btw, it's Control Panel, Regional & languages options, Languages. tab.

    at the languages dialog, select the second tab, and tick the second checkbox marked "Install files for East Asian languages". (I'm not sure if it requires a reboot, but if it ask to reboot, reboot).

    Next head back to the languages tab. At the top section marked "Text Services and input languages, click details. The next dialog box will appear, and in it, under installed services, click add Chinese (PRC) (leave the keyboard default). Yup. There you have, Chinese language support!
     
  4. Tsar Aleksandr III

    Tsar Aleksandr III Notebook Guru NBR Reviewer

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    NJ Star Communicator (free download) will also allow you to read Chinese fonts http://www.njstar.com/, it also supports Japanese and Korean text.
     
  5. AlexMagik

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    not only that. if a program is written in GB/big5, instead of utf8, you will not see the chinese on your pc, this because by default, your pc is in english and think that the non utf8 is actually english text. you must open the regional setting and in the advanced tab, select to display the non utf8 to be "chinese"
     
  6. usapatriot

    usapatriot Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    It normally asks you for your OS CD from which to the copy the new language files from.

    I did it on Win XP that way since I wanted to view Japanese text without seeing little squares even though I cant read it.
     
  7. T4House

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    In addition to the regional and languages option, you may also need to go to you internet options\languages\add "all the languages you want to display" for IE.
    For Firefox goto Tools\options\advanced\languages\choose "the languages you want to display."
    And there is also some language options in MS office if you want to read and use other languages in email correspondence.
    Yea, I have been living northwest China for the last 6-7 years.
     
  8. sylonien

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    Usually with mine, I just open a website with Chinese and IE usually comes up with a message telling me to download the language.
     
  9. iOsiris

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    If he can view Chinese already and only sometimes characters show up as random symbols. It means those characters are missing from the current encoding scheme. Most likely because it is using a different encoding scheme than the one your viewing with. You really just got to flip through it sometimes, however, if you mean by some characters not showing up, are you referring to the Hong Kong Supplementary Character set?
     
  10. T4House

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    There are two basic sets of Chinese characters, complicated (which are also called traditional) and simplified. Mainland China uses simplified characters, came about after China became "The People's Republic of China" to help promote education. Taiwan, Hong Kong, and, for the most part, Chinese in Singapore and many abroad still use the tradition complex characters. Some of the characters from both sets are the same but most are now different and some variances of meaning will differ from place to place just like the English language differs from one Western country to another. And Japanese also use some Chinese characters in their written language. So wherever the web site you want to view originated from is the language you need to have added to your browser or installed on your OS in order to view all the characters. This issue really isn't a font issue, although there are various fonts, but as iOiris has stated, is one of adding all the appropriate language sets. Hope that helps. :)
     
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