Re: Ideograph?!?

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Mon Nov 29 2004 - 16:14:56 CST

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    Michael Norton (a.k.a. Flarn) asked:

    > What's an ideograph? Also, what's a radical?
    > Are they the same thing?

    No, they aren't.

    In the Unicode context, the simplest answer is that
    an "ideograph" or a "CJK ideograph" is simply to be
    taken as a synonym for "a Chinese character".

    A "radical" is one of a list of traditional pieces
    of Chinese chracters that are used in indices for
    looking up Chinese characters in a dictionary.

    By the way, Google is your friend. If you want to get
    information about such things, googling for it is a
    good way to start. I suggest reading:


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