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AsianSuite X2 works for Windows 2000 / XP / NT / Me / 98 /95 and includes AsianSuite 2000 with more fonts (8 high quality Unicode true type fonts per language) and more utility programs. The Chinese part supports new feature called auto Big 5 / GB to allow user read traditional Chinese web site or e-mail in simplified Chinese font or reverse. The Korean fonts support KSC code hangual characters as well as Unicode hangual characters. Another advantage of AsianSuite X2 is you can install any part of software from our server any time any where when your computer has Internet connection. We provide discount for AsianSuite 2000 / 97 users when upgrade to AsianSuite X2.
Chapter 3 Using AsianSuite X2

Packages of AsianSuite X2

AsianSuite X2 is the multi-code page enabled Asian language system to support Chinese Big5, GB and HZ, Japanese Shift JIS, JIS and EUC, Korean KSC and Unicode.

AsianSuite X2 comes with three packages- Internet edition, Premium edition, and Enterprise edition.

Internet Edition

Chinese version

Chinese version combines Chinese ProPack and six more Chinese true type fonts, three for traditional Chinese and three for simplified Chinese. Instead of UW-FontMaker Std, SuperPack provide UW-FontMaker Pro which provides more features allows you editing your double byte true type fonts. For professional Chinese users, this is the good choice.

Japanese  version

Japanese version combines Japanese ProPack and three more Japanese true type fonts. Instead of UW-FontMaker Std, SuperPack provide UW-FontMaker Pro which provides more features allows you editing your double byte true type fonts. For professional Japanese users, this is the good choice.

Korean  version

Korean version combines Korean ProPack and three more Korean true type fonts. Instead of UW-FontMaker Std, SuperPack provide UW-FontMaker Pro which provides more features allows you editing your double byte true type fonts. For professional Korean users, this is the good choice.

CJK version

All in one combines all languages of Chinese, Japanese and Korean into together.

Note:

Users could install different AsianSuite X2 language versions into same directory to use the languages at the same time.

The Code Page of AsianSuite X2

AsianSuite X2 offers multi code page which supports Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages simultaneously, allowing all three languages to coexist in one document as this manual.

As we all know, each English character occupies 1 byte (Single Byte), and each CJK character occupies 2 byte (Double Byte). Listing the Chinese or Japanese or Korean characters in a specific order, and assigning each character a computer storage address (4 hexadecimal digits), then forming itself code page (internal code system). The different language has different defined standard, so there is different code page.

The AsianSuite X2 supports Big5, GB and HZ code page for Chinese; Shift-JIS, JIS and EUC code page for Japanese; and KSC code page for Korean. The default code page of Chinese (or CJK) package is Big 5 Code. The default code page of Japanese package is S-JIS Code. The default code page of Korean package is KSC Code. The code page of Western is Ansi code.

The default code page of AsianSuite X2 can be changed by clicking the task bar Unionway button, then select a different item that is listed in the menu. After the selection, the Code Page button will reflect the change, indicating that it is the new default code page.

The default code page of AsianSuite X2 will determine the input methods you could use. For example, if you set Code Page button into Big 5, you could only use Big 5 Chinese input methods.

The default code page of AsianSuite X2 will also determine the English font mapping to which Asian language if you select the automatically mapping English font to Asian font (that is the system default setting). For example, if you set Code Page button into Big 5, you could see double byte characters in English font (i.e., Times New Roman) will be displayed with Chinese Big 5 font. This feature is very important for the Internet users. Because usually the Internet browser program is using English true type font as default. If you view some web page of Chinese, Japanese or Korean, you need to adjust Code Page setting to view CJK text correctly. After you changed the Code Page setting, AsianSuite X2 will refresh the whole screen display. You could switch Code Page button until you get the correct CJK text display if you donft know current CJK text is associated to which code page (especially for Chinese there are two code page Big5 and GB, for Japanese there are two code page SJIS and EUC).

Big5 Code : This is a Chinese system code page with Traditional Chinese characters, commonly used by Microsoft C-Windows and most application programs that are developed in Taiwan. It has about 13,000 Chinese characters.

GB Code : This is a Chinese system code page with Simplified characters, commonly used by Microsoft P-Windows and most application programs that are developed in Mainland China. It has about 6,700 Chinese characters.

HZ Code : This is mainly used in the Internet for resolving the compatibility of Chinese E-mail and text file. In default, AsianSuite X2 will automatically handle HZ Chinese display in either Big 5 or GB mode.

Shift-JIS Code : This is a commonly used Japanese code page by Microsoft J-Windows and most application programs that are developed in Japan. It has about 7,000 Japanese characters.

EUC Code : This is a Japanese system code page mainly used in the Internet.

JIS Code : This is another Japanese code page. In default, AsianSuite X2 will automatically handle JIS Japanese display in either SJIS or EUC mode.

KSC : This is the commonly used Korean code page by Microsoft K-Windows and most application programs that are developed in Korean. It has about 5,400 Korean characters.

Knowing the right code page to use for the document retrieval is half of the success, the other half is to select the corresponding font in the application program.

UnionWay CJK True Type Fonts

AsianSuite X2 supports double byte true type fonts of Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and Unicode. Currently, it only supports the UnionWay double byte true type fonts or any double byte true type font which converted by UnionWay font utility called UW-Font Maker.

Note: We reserved the rights of UnionWay true type font naming convention, so any third party developer or distributor should get our approval before shipping their converted true type fonts with our software.

The font naming convention is very important for the system program AsianSuite X2. Any double byte true type font should follow this convention if it could be handled by AsianSuite X2.

UnionWay double byte true type font name convention:

  • The length of name string would be 13 bytes.
  • First 6 bytes would be double byte string representing the font name.
  • The seventh byte would be space characters (0x20).
  • The last 6 bytes would be file name of double byte true type font file and should be UW?XXX.

? could be C, P, J, K, or U, represents Big5, GB, Shift-JIS, KSC and Unicode.

XXX could be any character but not DEF (DEF means bitmap fonts).

Each double byte font has its code page. There are over hundred Chinese, Japanese and Korean true type fonts that provided by AsianSuite X2. Each font generally falls into one of the four major category:

  1. Chinese Big5 fonts. After installing this kind of Chinese fonts, the name that appears in the Windows program is made up of two halves: first half is the Chinese name, and the second half is the English name. For English name that begins with "UWC" all conforms to the Big5 code page. If the last character of the font name is "F", that means traditional Chinese font. If the last character of the font name is "J", that means simplified Chinese font.
  2. Chinese GB fonts. After installing this kind of Chinese fonts, the name that appears in the Windows program is made up of two halves: first half is the Chinese name, and the second half is the English name. For English name that begins with "UWP" all conforms to the GB code page. If the last character of the font name is "F", that means traditional Chinese font. If the last character of the font name is "J", that means simplified Chinese font.
  3. Japanese Shift-JIS fonts. After installing the Japanese fonts, the name that appears in the Windows program is made up of two halves: first half is the Japanese name, and the second half is the English name. For English name that begins with "UWJ".
  4. Korean KSC fonts. After installing the Korean fonts, the name that appears in the Windows program is made up of two halves: first half is the Korean name, and the second half is the English name. For English name that begins with "UWK".

It is very important to select a font that has the same code page with the default system code page for inputting CJK words. As AsianSuite X2 supports multiple languages, You could select a Big5 code font for Chinese traditional words, a GB code font for Chinese simplified words, a Japanese font for Japanese words, a Korean font for Korean words, they can all coexist in the same document.

When displaying (not inputting) text, it is not important for AsianSuite X2 to be in which specific code page, the key is selecting the corresponding CJK font for the CJK text in the application program. However, if the application program do not allow the selection of different fonts, then the AsianSuite X2 Code Page setting becomes very important, the English font will be mapped to the default code page font. Therefore, when using AsianSuite X2 in the Internet for viewer, the Code Page button on the UnionWay tool bar must be showing the same internal code as the one used in the document.

AsianSuite X2 has built-in CJK bitmap fonts, usually used for speeding up the display, especially for Internet. These bitmap fonts do not provide high quality artistic representation of the word, therefore, when printing a document, a UnionWay CJK true type font should be selected for a professional printout. Following is the list of the built-in bitmap fonts for each language system:

image1.jpg (6653 bytes) is the Big5 Chinese traditional bitmap font.

image2.jpg (6537 bytes) is the GB Chinese simplified bitmap font.

image5.jpg (6648 bytes) is the Japanese bitmap font.

image7.jpg (6661 bytes) is the Korean bitmap font.