Use your PC to Master Japanese and Chinese
Well Behaved ASCII Files
Smart Characters documents are saved as Ascii files, and can edited by a text
editor (e.g., DOS Edit) that uses a font that displays the full extended
Ascii code space (e.g., DOS
Using such an editor, English
are readily recognizable, but other objects do not display as they do in Smart
Characters. Instead, you see the codes and text characters that make them up. "
- If an MS-DOS OEM font (e.g., code page 437) is not used, Windows
text editors like NotePad display text using the standard Windows code
page (# 1007), which does not contain glyphs for the
range and for many extended characters. Missing characters display as the
missing glyph, typically a rectangle, a period, or a space. Some extended
characters display as a missing, while others display as different
Special Codes Are Easily Viewable
Smart Characters applies formatting using
that can be examined within Smart Characters by using the
command, Ascii Only
or by a DOS text editor.
How Smart Characters Represents Characters
Smart Characters represents and saves a character not by saving the character
images themselves (which would require enormous amounts of memory and storage),
but rather by storing a number that refers to the character.
is directly related to the
being used. There are several major national standard symbol sets in use.
Generally, word processors must use the same symbol set to be compatible. Smart
Characters uses its own traditional Chinese and Japanese
symbol set, and uses
to convert between other word processor formats, which use other symbol sets.
Additionally, Smart Characters can be used to display and edit documents in
native symbol sets without conversion by the addition of a corresponding
font for display, and keyboard and dictionaries for input.
How a Character Number Is Stored
is stored in a document in one of two ways:
for economy of size, and an absolute
for extended ranges and keyboard input.
Each Smart Characters file has, in the first few lines, a
which tells which
of Smart Characters was used to make the file, the default
and which font families,
are used. The header contains global
codes as well.
- If you try to open a file that does not match a known Smart Characters
version, or has a damaged or missing file document header, Smart Characters
will display the
dialog for you to choose a file format to convert from or interpret.
Document Size is Larger
In order to preserve all of the context that is present when you type, Smart
Characters saves as many of your keystrokes as possible, and does not encode or
otherwise diminish them in a way that would lose their context. This makes for
a more complex document structure, yielding a benefit for those who need the
original context (such as language students or non-native speakers) for ease of
understanding. One result of all of this additional information is that one
Chinese character can require many additional bytes, which makes documents
somewhat larger than with ordinary word processors.
You can delete these additional characters if you must, but first consider that
others not as fluent as you may wish to use all or parts of the documents that
you write, and they might greatly appreciate the annotations.
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