Information on Chinese Writing.

There are two different forms of Chinese writing - Simplified Chinese, used in China and SIngapore, and Traditional Chinese, used in Taiwan and Hong Kong. On a computer, Simplified Chinese is generally written to the GB code standard (approximately 7700 characters) and Traditional Chinese is written to the Big Five code standard (approximately 13,500 characters). Both forms are double byte.

Although Chinese was traditionally written from top to bottom and from the right side of the page to the left, most Chinese material produced in foreign countries is now written with the same orientation as English. It is also almost always written in a fully-justified style, meaning both the left and right margins are flush. Chinese does not generally have spaces between characters and words, as does English. It is most often written as one continuous string of characters. Although Chinese can break almost anywhere in the line, there are certain constraints. Software that has been localized for Chinese will normally handle those situations correctly.

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