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Chinese Language Interface Advisory Committee (CLIAC)

Guidelines on Character Glyphs

The Reference Guide on Kai Style Character Glyphs for Chinese Computer Systems in Hong Kong and the Reference Guide on Song Style (Print Style) Character Glyphs for Chinese Computer Systems in Hong Kong (the Guidelines) are compiled to provide a set of principles on Chinese character glyphs used in computer systems that is applicable to Hong Kong. The Guidelines are designed to serve as references for vendors to develop Chinese font products that conform to the writing styles commonly used in Hong Kong.

The Guidelines also aim to facilitate members of the public in handling Chinese electronic information by enabling them to use character glyphs that they are familiar with. Currently primary school textbooks published in Hong Kong generally adopt Chinese character glyphs that concur with local writing styles, whereas character glyphs commonly used in computer systems mainly originated from the Mainland or Taiwan. For this reason, there are differences between Chinese character glyphs displayed on computer systems and those shown in the textbooks. As the use of computers in teaching is gaining greater popularity, such differences have affected the teaching and learning of Chinese-character-writing. If vendors launch Chinese font products that conform to local writing styles based on the Guidelines, it may help to remove the differences between character glyphs used in publications and computer systems (see Figure 1 for examples of differences).

The Guidelines describe the stroke structures of the components of Chinese characters and outline the component decomposition of Chinese characters. Examples of typical Chinese characters are cited to illustrate the principles of glyphs that are suitable for application in Hong Kong. The Guidelines and related documents are available on this website for free downloading by members of the public and developers of computer products.

Full document of the Guidelines on Glyphs (Chinese Version Only)

Full document of the Guidelines on Glyphs (Chinese Version Only; pdf file format, 4.88MB. Please note that it is not the intention of the document to set standards for characters commonly used in Hong Kong, or to impose any restrictions on the styles adopted by font developers.)

Individual Section of the Guidelines on Glyphs for Chinese Computer Systems (Chinese Version Only)

Preface

Section 1 Reference Guide on Kai Style Character Glyphs for Chinese Computer Systems in Hong Kong

Section 2 Table of Basic Components for Kai Style Chinese Font in Hong Kong

Section 3 Reference Guide on Song Style (Print Style) Character Glyphs for Chinese Computer Systems in Hong Kong

Section 4 Table of Basic Components for Song Style (Print Style) Chinese Font in Hong Kong

Appendix: Table of Basic Components for Song Style (Print Style) Chinese Font in Hong Kong (Annex table) 
(After reviewing the two guidelines of "Reference Guide on Kai Style Character Glyphs for Chinese Computer Systems in Hong Kong" and "Reference Guide on Song Style (Print Style) Character Glyphs for Chinese Computer Systems in Hong Kong", six HKSCS-2004 characters have been incorporated to supplement the existing example of components for reference.)
Furthermore, a Chinese font developed according to the Reference Guide on Song Style (Print Style) Character Glyphs for Chinese Computer Systems in Hong Kong is available at http://www.iso10646hk.net for members of the public to use.

Figure 1
Examples of difference between glyphs in primary school textbooks and computer systems