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Viewing Chinese Characters

In order to properly view the Chinese language portions of this site, you may need to configure your computer.

FONTS

The following Chinese Pinyin fonts were designed by C. C. Cheng at the University of Illinois.

Windows Chinese Pinyin Fonts --
cpinyin.zip (30k, October 22, 1996)

This zipped file is for Windows systems. Download it and use pkunzip to unzip it. When it is unzipped, you will find two files: cpinyin.ttf and cpinyinc.ttf. One is for lower case and the other for uppercase letters. Use Control Panel to install the fonts.

Macintosh Chinese Pinyin Font
cpinyin.mac.hqx (40k, October 23, 1996)

Use this lower case Chinese Pinyin font with the Macintosh. Download it and drag the Chinese Pinyin Suitcase to your system folder to install it.

Macintosh Chinese Pinyin Cap Font
cpinyinc.mac.hqx (41k, October 23, 1996)

Use this upper case Chinese Pinyin font with the Macintosh. Download it and drag the Chinese Pinyin Cap Suitcase to your system folder to install it.

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Macintosh:

If you are using a Macintosh, the Chinese Language Kit should be installed. It is available with Mac OS 9 and requires that you custom install the language kit components. Previous versions of the operating system did not come with the language kit on the OS or system software installer cds; instead users had to purchase the language kit separately. Once the language kit has been installed, you may need to set your font or language preferences within Netscape or Internet Explorer in order for the Chinese characters to display properly.

Netscape 4.75:

Open Netscape.
On the Edit menu, select Preferences.
Under Appearance, choose Fonts.
Beneath the My Fonts section, change For the Encoding to Traditional Chinese.
Change the Variable Width Font to Taipei, 12 point.
Change the Fixed Width Font to Taipei, 10 point.
(Other fonts may be available including Apple LiSung Light, Beijing, Song, Fang Song, etc.)
Choose OK.

Internet Explorer 5:

Open Internet Explorer.
On the Edit menu, select Preferences.
Under Web Browser, choose Language/Fonts.
Beneath the Fonts and Size section, change the Default Character Set to Traditional Chinese.
Change all the font settings (proportional, monospace, sans-serif, serif, cursive, fantasy) to Taipei.
Set the font size to 12 and the resolution to 72 dpi.
Return Default Character Set to Western (Latin 1).
Choose OK.

Windows:

If you are a Windows user, NJStar Communicator will facilitate the proper display of the Chinese text. (NJStar Communicator offers a free demonstration version of this product.) NJStar Communicator works on all Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT/2000 and is designed to aid the viewing of Chinese, Japanese and Korean in the most recent versions of Netscape and Internet Explorer. Once installed, it should detect the character set that a web page is using and properly display the characters. You may need to set your font or language preferences within your browser in order for the Chinese characters to display properly.

Netscape 4.75:

Open Netscape.
On the Edit menu, select Preferences.
Under Appearance, choose Fonts.
Beneath the My Fonts section, change For the Encoding to Traditional Chinese.
Change the Variable Width Font to MS Song, 12 point.
Change the Fixed Width Font to MS Hei, 10 point.
Choose OK.

Internet Explorer 5:

The first time you view this site with Internet Explorer, you may be prompted to download the appropriate fonts, "To display language characters correctly you need to download and install the following components: Chinese (Traditional) Text Display Support." Download time will vary depending upon your connection speed and network traffic conditions. Once you have downloaded the appropriate fonts, you may need to set your preferences.

Open Internet Explorer.
On the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
Beneath the General tab, click the Fonts button.
Using the pull-down menu beside the Language Script option, choose Traditional Chinese.
Set both the Web page and plain text fonts to MingLiU.
Choose OK.