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What is the HKSCS

Problem

photo: Introduction of Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set

One of the problems that users are facing in using Chinese on computers is that they may not be able to use or exchange some of the special Chinese characters commonly used in Hong Kong. Examples of such locally specific characters include names of persons and places, and characters used in the Cantonese dialect.

The Solution - HKSCS

photo: What is HKSCS

In May 2017, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in collaboration with the Chinese Language Interface Advisory Committee published the latest version of the Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set (HKSCS) - HKSCS-2016. The HKSCS-2016 contains 5,033 characters that are specific to the Hong Kong environment. It will facilitate electronic communication and data exchange conducted in Chinese between the public and the Government.

By using the HKSCS, the public and the Government share a common set of locally specific characters on their respective computers. As a result, electronic communication and data exchange involving these characters can be conducted more effectively and accurately.

The HKSCS document is available for download here.