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xiaojiang216

大家好!

Does anyone know of a place to download Chinese fonts? Also, would they be compatible with a computer running on an English version of Windows XP? Also, how do you say fonts in Chinese? I remember reading 字体 somewhere... But then again... This could be one of my many misunderstandings. :conf

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self-taught-mba

字体 is correct, also have seen [pop=font/zìxíng]字形[/pop]

the definitive guide to font which has more than you could ever want:

http://cgm.cs.mcgill.ca/~luc/china.html

I love these ones:

http://www.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/edv/sinopc/chinese_fonts.htm

& these:

http://www.sj00.com/sort/2_1.htm

Others:

http://www.sinosplice.com/chinese/fonts/

http://babel.uoregon.edu/yamada/fonts/chinese.html

http://babel.uoregon.edu/yamada/altfonts.html SMALL DIRECTORY

With fonts ya just gotta play with 'em to see if they work. Some need to be installed with default language set to Chinese, but then can still work later.

Good luck

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imron

Wow, there are some really neat fonts there... I particularly like this one http://www.sj00.com/soft/800.htm which I can see as being a useful way of practising to recognise handwriting.

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xiaojiang216

Yeah, I tried to download the handwriting fonts on that website.. But for some reason I cannot download them.

Does anyone know of a website with any other handwriting fonts?

Sorry to be so bothersome... :oops:

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xiaojiang216

Yeah, this was the one I was having trouble downloading... :oops:

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imron

Well, I managed to download it, but then windows tells me it's not a valid font file. I'm running under English XP, with the Chinese MUI installed. Other fonts I've downloaded work fine enough, so I wonder if it's just a bad file? Has anyone else managed to get this font installed?

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imron

ok, I just found another place to download it from, and it works fine http://font.cnzz.cn/font/html/2863.html. Seeing the font in use, the only problem I have is that it spaces all the characters to be the same size - which is not necessarily a problem except that it leaves a lot of white space surrounding the characters making the font look a lot more spaced out than I'd prefer. It's still a nice font though

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Vancouver exPat

If you have a Windows XP (operating system) disc, you can install the fonts from that. It should contain all the fonts you really need. I used to be a software tester for localization and found that this is the best way.

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self-taught-mba
If you have a Windows XP (operating system) disc, you can install the fonts from that. It should contain all the fonts you really need

Original poster was typing Chinese so I assume he already has the XP fonts/setup. Besides XP only has some really blah, boring fonts.:(

We want the fun, pretty ones!!! (Especially those of us that appreciate the beauty of characters without having the ability to write them or at least write them above a 2nd grader's level :mrgreen: )

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adrianlondon

I downloaded and installed the fonts from

http://www.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/edv/sinopc/chinese_fonts.htm

Thanks self-taught-mba! They look lovely. Yes, XP already has some chinese fonts, but they're all dull and rubbish. Imagine if all you had to work with was "Courier New" and "System" :-)

I didn't bother with the "set your default language to Chinese" stuff on the web page; it's a normal XP installation (with E Asian Language Support, obivously) set to English (UK). The fonts installed fine and work well in MS Office.

However, I use Thunderbird for emailing and it won't allow me to select any of the new fonts. I think it's because they only have "chinese" names (in unicode). Anyone know of a fix? My only mandarin practice is in emailing some friends I met (when in Beijing or online) in China. And I want to use my lovely new fonts.

Yeah, I could write the email in Word and attach it,but ...

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stephanhodges

Does it work if you rename the font? I googled with "Rename font XP" and found a collection of programs at http://www.cdrom.com/category.php%5Bid%5D120%5BSiteID%5Dsimtel.net

A couple programs that stand out:

1) Utility to show fonts and names under different locales: http://www.cdrom.com/product.php[id]88691[cid]120[siteID]simtel.net

2) Font rename utility (freeware, but I haven't tried it yet)

91945[cid]120[siteID]simtel.net"]http://www.cdrom.com/product.php[id]91945[cid]120[siteID]simtel.net

Also, if the names are embedded within the font files, a hex editor could be used to change it...

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adrianlondon

I googled for something similar. The second program renames the font files to match the name of the font. I think the name of the font itself is also in Chinese. The part where it says "Characters that cannot be used in file names will be replaced or removed" worries me :)

Still, I've got nothing to lose (as can work on a copy of the font files) so I'll give it a shot when I get home, as it's my home PC that has the fonts. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks!

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stephanhodges

It didn't work for me (the rename). I think you'll have to use a hex editor on the file and change it internally or else a font editor.

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Lugubert

Imron wrote,

I particularly like this one http://www.sj00.com/soft/800.htm which I can see as being a useful way of practising to recognise handwriting.

So, by some lucky (?) guessing, I managed to download a .rar file. How do I proceed?

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imron

Just posted an answer to this question in a more recent thread.

Also, I should point out that when I downloaded the font from that location, it didn't work - I can't remember if it was the RAR file that was corrupt or the font file. However the same font can be found here, and this file does work.

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Lugubert

I found a utility to handle the .rar stuff, and the font works! Thanks.

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imron

While recently doing some font hunting, I came across this repository of free fonts. There are some interesting ones in there, see attached pictures for samples.

sample-1.png

sample-2.png

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piggy001

Thanks for a great resource for fonts... many of them looks very nice.

I was able to get them kinda working. One problem that I notice is that many of the fonts would not work with some simplified or traditional characters. I'm using word 2007 and Vista (both English version), if that makes any difference. Is that expected?

The nice thing about the fonts that comes with windows is that it will display either. Is there some settings that I'm missing? or some way to tell which font is "traditional" or "simplified" only? Thanks.

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