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Writing Chinese Characters With Your Computer

Displaying 20,902 Chinese Characters Only With HTML and Unicode


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By LiliCharlie (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Have you ever fallen in love with someone from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan or China?

Then you know the "dangerous" side effect. You can also fall in love with the mysterious Chinese characters.

Sorry for my English. Most of you don't understand my first language.

The Chinese characters are used in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapur.

How about impressing your Eastasian girlfriend?

By showing her all 20,902 Chinese characters with your computer. Without knowing Chinese.

You don't need a special language software. Only HTML and Unicode.

Let's start with HTML:

Here is the HTML code to write your first Chinese character with your computer:

<html>
<head><title>My Very First Chinese Character</title></head>
<body>
<h1>My Very First Chinese Character called 一</h1>
<p>My computer writes with &#19968; (一) the first and with &#40878; (龮) the last Chinese character. Only with HTML and Unicode. Imagine you will one day write your first love letter by hand in Chinese or Japanese. Perhaps that day you will feel like a genius. This was my not very humble experience.</p>
</body></html>

Unicode displays the first Chinese character in HTML with &#19968;

...and the last with &#40869;...

Perhaps I'm wrong. But I think the characters from &#40870; ( 龦) to &#40917; (鿕) are a repitition. And those from &#40920; ( 鿘) to &#40959; (鿿) are weird. What do you think?

214 Kangxi Radicals

Even Japanese and Chinese don't know all of the 20,992 characters. But they know how to look it up in a dictionary. It doesn't matter if your Chinese girlfriend used a Japanese dictionary. The only thing she must know is the radical, its number e.g. radical 212 and the number of strokes. The radical will tell her where she will find the unknown character. Of course she won't know the pronounciating but the vage meaning.

Here are all 214 Kangxi Radicals displayed with Unicode, its pronounciation with Pinyin and meaning . All of these radicals have a blue link to its radical number on Wikipedia.

Radicals with 1 stroke:

1.) ( yī one ) 42, 2.) ( gǔn line ) 21, 3.) ( zhǔ dot ) 10 , 4.) 丿 ( piě slash ) 33 , 5.) ( yǐ second ) 42 , 6.) ( jué hook ) 19

Radicals with 2 strokes:

7.) ( èr two ) 29, 8.) ( tóu lid ) 38, 9.) ( rén man ) 794, 10.) ( ér son, legs ) 52, 11.) ( rù enter ) 28, 12.) ( bā eight ) 44, 13.) ( jiōng down box ) 50, 14.) ( mì cover ) 30, 15.) ( bīng ice ) 115, 16.) ( jī table ) 38, 17.) ( kǎn open box ) 23, 18.) ( dāo knife ) 377 , 19.) ( lì power ) 163, 20.) ( bāo wrap ) 64, 21.) ( bǐ spoon ) 19, 22.) ( fāng (right open box) ) 64 , 23.) ( xǐ/xì hiding enclosure ) 17 , 24.) ( shí ten ) 55, 25.) ( bǔ divination ) 45 , 26.) ( jié seal (device) ) 40, 27.) ( hǎn cliff ) 129, 28.) ( sī private ) 40, 29.) ( yóu again 91 )

Radicals with 3 strokes:

30.) ( kǒu mouth ) 1,146, 31.) ( wéi enclosure ) 118 , 32.) ( tǔ earth ) 580, 33.) ( shì scholar ) 24 , 34.) ( zhǐ go ) 11, 35.) ( suī go slowly ) 23, 36.) 37.) 38.) 39.) 40.) 41.) 42.) 43.) 44.) 45.) 46.) 47.) 48.) 49.) 50.) 51.) 52.) 53.) 广 54.) 55.) 56.) 57.) 58.) 59.) 60.)

Radicals with 4 strokes:

61.) ( xīn heart ) 1,115, 62.) 63.) 64.) 65.) 66.) 67.) 68.) 69.) 70.) 71.) 72.) 73.) 74.) 75.) 76.) 77.) 78.) 79.) 80.) 81.) 82.) 83.) , 84.) 85.) 86.) 87.) 88.) 89.) 90.) 91.) , 92.) 93.) 94.)

Radicals with 5 strokes:

95.) 96.) 97.) 98.) 99.) 100.) 101.) 102.) 103.) 104.) 105.) 106.) 107.) 108.) 109.) 110.) 111.) 112.) 113.) 114.) 115.) 116.) 117.)

Radicals with 6 strokes:

118.) 119.) ( &#; ) , 120.) 121.) 122.) 123.) 124.) 125.) 126.) 127.) 128.) 129.) 130.) 131.) 132.) 133.) 134.) 135.) 136.) 137.) 138.) 139.) 140.) 141.) 142.) 143.) 144.) 145.) 146.) .

Radicals with 7 strokes:

147.) 148.) 149.) 150.) 151.) 152.) 153.) 154.) 155.) 156.) 157.) 158.) 159.) 160.) 161.) 162.) 163.) 164.) 165.) 166.)

Radicals with 8 strokes:

167.) 168.) 169.) 170.) 171.) 172.) 173.) 174.) 175.)

Radicals with 9 strokes:

176.) 177.) 178.) 179.) 180.) 181.) 182.) 183.) 184.) 185.) 186.)

Radicals with 10 strokes:

187.) 188.) 189.) 190.) 191.) 192.) 193.) 194.)

Radicals with 11 strokes:

195.) 196.) 197.) 198.) 鹿 199.) 200.)

Radicals with 12 strokes:

201.) 202.) 203.) 204.)

Radicals with 13 strokes:

205.) 206.) 207.) 208.)

Radicals 14 with strokes:

209.) 210.)

Radicals with 15 strokes:

211.) () ( chǐ tooth ) 162

Radicals with 16 strokes:

212.) (龙) ( lóng dragon ) 14, 213.) (龟) ( guī turtle ) 24

Radicals with 17 strokes:

214.) ( yuè flute ) 19

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By means of Unicode a computer can represent 20,992 traditional and simplified chinese characters e.g. on a website. They start with the number 19968 and end with 40959. This ideograph set is also the base for Japanese Kanji and Korean characters because these three languages share thousands of identical characters.


With the combination of the prefix "&#" + 19968+ ";" embedded in the source code of a HTML-Document your browser ought to render on screen the first Chinese character:

It means "one" both in Chinese and Japanese. If you don't see a blue horizontal stroke, you can't help organizing the necessary fonts for your browser and for your operation system .
With the Unicode command: "&#" + 40845+ ";" your browser ought to represent : , a beautiful character and favourite tatoo example for dragon.

Below you can render all Chinese and Japanese characters unless you haven't installed some necessary fonts.

DISPLAY ALL CHARACTERS.