Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Viewing chinese, japanese, and korean web pages in Windows XP

Say you want to view Chinese, Japanese, or Korean web pages in Windows XP and you don't have your Windows CD handy (which is what you normally need to install the required fonts). Rather than digging around for the CD in a big box of crap, you can install these fonts from Microsoft:

Note that installing the fonts will only let you view these languages -- if you want to input them, you need to install the corresponding Input Method Editor (IME) for each one. You can install Microsoft's IMEs from your Windows CD (instructions here), but Google also offers XP-compatible IMEs for Japanese and Simplified Chinese.

If you have a different version of Windows (2000, Vista, etc.), follow the directions here:

Updated 7/27/13 to mention Google IMEs.

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