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East Asia Library: East Asian Languages Computing Guide

East Asian Languages Computing Guide

Display and search Chinese / Japanese / Korean characters in Orbis

The Chinese/Japanese/Korean scripts are displayed in Orbis, along with the romanization. Orbis also has a limited function for searching CJK characters. Please note that most library workstations have been configured correctly for viewing and searching CJK Korean characters.

There are some technical requirements for displaying and searching CJK characters in Orbis:

  • To view CJK characters in Orbis, you need to install Unicode fonts on your computer.
  • To search CJK characters in Orbis, you need to activate Microsoft IME (for Windows computers) or configure the Mac input menu.

A detailed instruction for installing Unicode fonts and configuring input methods is available here.

Read Chinese / Japanese / Korean texts on the web

East Asian language support of your web browser (such as Internet Explorer) is necessary for displaying text in original languages on the web as well as in many library databases. The most recent version of Internet Explorer already has language support installed. Please keep your Internet Explorer or other web browsers up to date.

Input texts in Chinese / Japanese / Korean

Microsoft Global IME is a convenient tool for inputting text in any East Asian languages into web search interfaces. Computers with most recent versions of Windows (Windows 2000 or higher) will automatically have IME components installed, but these input methods need to be activated. Please click here for detailed instructions.

If you need to input a very rare character, there are a couple of options. You may use the IME pad that comes with the Chinese (Taiwan) input method in Windows XP (click "Tools" on the IME bar and select IME pad); this will allow you to "write" on the pad and select the right character. Or, you may look up the character in the UniHan database, and then copy and paste the character to your Word document.

Read PDF files in East Asian languages

To read articles in East Asian languages in pdf format, users may need to have the recent version of Adobe PDF Reader and the Adobe Asian Font packs installed.

To download Adobe Reader, click here.
To download Adobe Asian font packs, click here.

Resources for East Asian Languages Computing

*We acknowledge the difficulty of maintaining an up-to-date list of computing resources and encourage you to submit links you think that are useful.

1. General

2. Chinese

3. Japanese

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