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What is to be taken in account while opening a website to Chinese characters?


What standard to apply, what is to be considered for having a multi-language website that support Chinese? Any experience to share?


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Opened by Antoine Fournier, Head of ECM, Input and Output management, Zurich Insurance
Sep 27, 2012.



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Martin Goetze Senior Consultant, ISIS Papyrus Europe AG
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All you need is Unicode. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode) Unicode Charactersets like UTF8 encode all characters necessary for chinese content, and the IETF has promoted UTF8 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTF-8) as a standard which is required by all internet protocols to understand.

All Operating Systems and Databases also support the use of UTF8 fully. (Backends)Authoring Software and CMS simply need to provide suitable fonts (Windows, MacOS, Linux do very well) and the author has to be provided with an entry method via an Input Method Editor (IME).

About Input Method Editors:
http://www.unicode.org/faq/font_keyboard.html#7
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Input_method
http://chinese-school.netfirms.com/Chinese-characters.html
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