Updates to the Tutorials

New Nomenclature

When going through the printed tutorials, you will encounter references to the Combined(4- 9) Chinese and Japanese font and symbol set, and a Combined typeface called "ScSerif." These names have changed, so substitute: The concept of font family has been replaced by symbol set ID and symbol set name, and typeface name. Occasionally, the word font is used instead of symbol set index.

Mark the Pages Now

Before you start, locate and mark with a pencil or pen the page and sentence where the following additions and substitutions apply. That way, when you get to that section, you can refer back to these pages.

Add to 2c2.9 & 2j2.4

... and a desktop that includes all documents that were open when you last quit Smart Characters.

Add to 2c3.1 & 2j2.5

Windows 95 (W95) windows contain different looking control buttons: the Close button (not in Windows 3.1) is an `X', the Minimize button is a thin line instead of a down arrow, the Restore button is two windows overlapping instead of a double arrow head, and the Maximize button is a large rectangle instead of an up arrow. Switch To is not on the menu when the taskbar (task switching toolbar) is active.

Add to 2c3.2 & 2j2.6

In Windows 95, minimizing a main window closes the window, but there is no icon other than the push-button on the taskbar, which is always present.

Add to 2c3.4 & 2j2.8

(The codes window is not turned on at this point.)

Add to 2c4.9 & 2j4.3

In W95, the clipboard window icon bar contains a small yellow pad icon, a truncated name, and buttons. Moving the icon has no effect on the window title, which remains truncated. A real step backwards!

Add to 2c5.2 & 2j4.6

In W95, the glossary window displays "Pin_..."

"Restore" should be "Restore."

If the insertion point is not visible, there may be no text displaying in the window. Adjust the window size or View | Zoom to display some text and the insertion point.

Add to 2c5.3 & 2j4.7

Change "your open document" to "the document you are working on."

Substitute 2c5.5 & 2j4.9

(Four windows are not open at this point. only 2 or 3 are: user dictionary, clipboard, and dynamic glossary(4- 6).) Use Window | 2 and Window | 4 to open 1 or 2 additional windows to get 4 open windows, and try again.

Add to 2c6.5 & 2j6.1

Select each project and click OK in turn to get...

Add to 2c6.6 & 2j6.2

Select OK on the User & Project dialog to switch to the new pinyin tutorial project.

Add to 2c7.8 & 2j7.3

... for the F12 key ...

Adjust the window size or View | Zoom if necessary to display some text and the insertion point.

..., the input mode text at the far right of the status bar at the bottom of the main frame window...

Add to 2c8.5 & 2j7.7

If the list window had been minimized, it will now appear with the title Adjust Position and Size. This window is used to select Chinese characters, and, for speed, should not overlap the window containing the document you are typing. Start out by positioning the list window on the right of the screen, at full height, and about 1/4 to 1/3 screen width.

Add to 2c9.3 & 2j8.6

Scroll through the windows, If the type in the window is too large or small, set View | Zoom to 133 percent or so.

Add to 2c9.7 & 2j8.6

Begin in a known state by using Window | Close All to close all the open document windows, then minimize the permanent windows.

Add to 2c9.7 & 2j8.7

You may notice Lesson1 on the quick pick list of recently closed files at the bottom of the file menu. For the tutorial, use File | Open anyway.

Substitute 2c10.3 & 2j9.2

Ctrl+Home should be Ctrl+PageUp, and Ctrl+End should be Ctrl+PageDn.

Add to 2c10.8 & 2j9.6

Press Esc twice to cancel the menu display, and unhighlight the menu bar.

Add to 2c11.3 & 2j18.5

right margin on a VGA screen

Add to 2c11.4 & 2j18.6

"cursor" should be "insertion point."

Add to 2c11.7 & 2j18.8

Redraw Window button (the button with a box around a yellow circle), or press F9.

Add to 2c13.3

12 or 13 (the line with the Chinese text).

Add to 2c13.3 & 2j9.7

The status bar indicates the line number if you were working in Line mode, but you may be working in Page mode which displays pages and x, y positions. If so, set View | Display | Status Indicators to Line. Note that the indicators on the status bar change from Pages and x, y Inches to Lines and Columns.

Add to 2c14.1

The fixed spacing was 6 points initially. (Also the notes size was 4 points, should be 6)

Add to 2c14.5

"... may get wonder" should be "may wonder" and "Pinyin" should be "pinyin."

Add to 2c15.3

If the Lesson1 window was maximized, restore the list window, adjust its size and position, and adjust the size and position of the Lesson1 document window so that you can see both windows.

Add to 2c15.7

Wo is short. If the pronunciation were longer (e.g., chang), it would overlap the character.

Add to 2c15.2

Switching back to the main document window and typing shi4 results in shi1shi4, for which there is no matching syllable. Instead, press Backspace to delete the 1st tone marking typed in the previous step, then press 4 to add the correct tone.

Add to 2c16.8

Select Redraw Line instead of Query.

Add to 2c23.6 & 2j17.7

File | Quit to WP is now Close (to WP).

Add to 2c25.4 & 2j22.6

If the Lesson1 window covers the list window, you will not see its title change to Paste into Document.

Add to 2c25.6 & 2j22.4

The Redraw Line button (a circle with a line through it)

Add to 2c25.8

Press Esc to switch back ...

Substitute 2j24.9

Sometimes the furigana is truncated at the insertion point.

Add to 2j25.7

, or josei preceded by other hiragana characters.

Add to 2c27.5


Add to 2c29.3

(the tone is wrong). Press Esc to switch back to the lesson window.

Add to 2c29.6

compound hanzi

Add to 2c30.6

Adjust View | Zoom for a reasonable display.

Add to 2c30.7

Acs should be `cs' (in the keyboard file).

Substitute 2j30.7

(improvement) Nihon was originally double spaced ..., but Smart Characters removed the extra empty word separator when you redrew the window.

Remove "Delete the double space" and following 2 paragraphs.

Substitute 2j31.8

(improvement) Notice that the current object type is bChars short for binary characters. (Delete the paragraph.)

Add to 2j32.8

Note the Input Mode conflicts with Annotations dialog, which pops up to remind you that you are in a circular input modality in which what you type converts to something else. Select Ignore.

Add to 2j33.6

...or third line.

Add to 2c33.6 & 2j36.1

In addition, the LeftShift+Delete combination deletes the single byte current character, and the RightShift+Delete combination deletes a single hidden object beginning with the current character.

Add to 2c40.9 & 2j40.4

If pressing an arrow key does not cancel a selection, press F8 (extend selection) key to toggle BLOCK F8 selection mode.

Substitute 2j41.3

"title Excerpt from ..." should be "phrase Embedding an object ..."

Add to 2c41.9

Arial is already in Lesson1.ch0.

Add to 2c45.8 & 2j44.9

Because the Symbol Set View window, like a vocabulary window, is independent of the main frame window, either can be on top and the other covered up, so that you may not always be able to click on it with a mouse. However, you can always press Alt+Tab to switch activation between independent windows. Do so now to switch back to the symbol set view.

Add to 2c45.9 & 2j45.2

You can use the hidden characters window (and the codes window) to view the contents of a Smart Characters edit control. In addition, function keys like F2, F9 and F10 work for dictionary lookup, window and line redraw.

Add to 2c47.8 & 2j47.2

Select Browse Selects | Edit to associate the Symbol Set view with the edit character, then use File | Open to locate the other point sizes in your user font and hand tune (clean up) the other scaled versions.

Add to 2c47.8 & 2j47.2

Notice how the 16 point font is far too bold. This is a result of scaling from a 48 point character. You can work on lightening the character, but it is frequently easier to copy from 16 point fonts using the Alternate character set to the 16 point CombinedMing font, because this font has solved the low resolution representation problem in a uniform way and pleasing way.

Add to 2c48.1 & 2j47.4

Adding the pronunciation to User Characters is complicated by the symbol set index formatting codes used to indicate that the character is in the symbol set code space. These formatting codes precede and follow the characters as follows:


If you edit the entry in Characters and Pronunciation entry, you must position the insertion point between the user character index format code and the Character. You can use the Alt+Right or Left arrow keys for this purpose, positioning the insertion point after the initial format code (which typically displays in the Hidden Characters window as "Format n0/3"), and typing in Pinyin, Bpmf, or Hiragana. The pronunciation will display above the character.

For single characters without pronunciations, you can add the pronunciation to the "Prior Pronunciation (edit the entry)" field, despite its name, which comes from the fact that the field is ignored if there is any existing pronunciation, and that any pronunciation entered is added to the first character only in a multiple character entry. Neither consideration applies to a single character annotation with no prior pronunciation.

Substitute 2c48.5 & 2j48.1

Unused entries indicate as "Unused," "Add Symbol Set" should be "Register Symbol Set," and "Specify Fonts" dialog should be "Register Symbol Set dialog."

Substitute 2c49.8

Substitute 2c48.5 and 2j48.1 (or 2j44.1)

Unused symbol set indexes are marked (Unused). Index 3 is the most appropriate index for a user symbol set because user characters from that index can be extracted into a special font called a proxy font, and embedded into your document for electronic transmission. Note that the typeface name is the same as the symbol set name, a legacy holdover from the Student version 2.9, and a good reason to install your own unique user symbol set that uses a standard typeface name, like CombinedMing.

It is not necessary to enter a File Name or File Type, since the selected symbol set and typeface is already installed on your system (you could select names from a list). Select OK to return to the Character Format dialog.

Verify that symbol set index 3 displays 3 sc 1012:DefaultUser with a clear status (no /x or /?). If you made a mistake, the Open File dialog will appear to help you locate the desired font. Cancel it and check your work in the prior step against the entries in the Hanzi/Kanji | Browse | File Open File dialog listing.