Chinese publishing

Without any knowledge of Chinese, I have to publish a Chinese document. Fortunately, I have a source as an utf8-encoded XML.

These remarks should help me later on a new computer.

Two main types of Chinese are:
* simplified and
* traditional.

Simplified is used in the continental China, their encoding is usually “gb2312” (GuoBiao). Traditional is used in Taiwan, their encoding is usually “big5”. We should use “simplified”.

Any modern Linux distribution has Chinese fonts. Search keywords are “font”, “chinese”, “gb”. On disks with old RedHat8 I found packages “ttfonts-zh_CN-2.11-29” (simplified) and “ttfonts-zh_TW-2.11-15” (traditional).

To view Chinese utf8 files, I use these commands:

  set enc=utf8
  set guifont=-misc-zysong18030-medium-r-normal-*-*-140-*-*-c-*-iso10646-1

I publish through LaTeX. I used the following as the starting point:
* http://www.math.nus.edu.sg/aslaksen/cs/cjk.html
* http://www.ece.uci.edu/~chou/unicode-tex.html

To convert XML to LaTeX, I use TeXML. The conversion script should be improved a lot.

3 Responses to “Chinese publishing”

  1. 123Chinese learner Says:

    Hi,
    I’d like to share these free Chinese fonts. They are really cool.
    Bye :-)

  2. olpa Says:

    Thanks! What’s the license of these fonts? Can I distribute them with my software?

  3. 123 Chinese Says:

    On Chinese-Tools.com, there are a lot of converters and encoder to publish chinese website, aswell as free fonts…

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