Re: Chinese language support for Unicode

From: Richard Cook (
Date: Wed Jul 09 2003 - 00:18:56 EDT

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    You wrote:
    > Hi All,
    > Does Unicode support both Simplified as well as Traditional Chinese ?
    Yes, it does, though the Simplified support is rather lacking in
    comparison with the Traditional, since the Traditional characterset is
    rather large, if not completely open-ended, and simpifications may be
    applied to many traditional forms, by regular processes.

    > If it supports, then could you please let me know what are the respective
    > character blocks in Unicode support these two?

    Traditional and Simplified characters are not in distinct blocks.
    Rather, you should be concerned with Traditonal <=> Simplified mappings.

    I can see how it might seem to make some sense to put all purely
    simplified characters together; but when you consider that some
    simplified characters are really traditional simplifications, and when
    you consider that many traditional characters have no modern
    simplifications (the same characters are used in both Simplified and
    Traditional contexts), and when you consider that there are sometimes
    many-to-one mappings ... well, perhaps you see where I am going with this.


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