Japanese Character Encoding

Note: If you're trying to get the Japanese to work with your browser on a Windows system, you'll want to check here.

To encode English characters on a computer, ASCII is commonly used. For Japanese characters, there are three common encodings. But ``common'' only in a certain sense, for most browsers don't support any form of Japanese.

Support isn't that difficult, technically, but in this English-centric software world.... sigh.

If your browsers does not support Japanese, this dictionary server can still be useful. It will send Japanese text encoded as individual images... a slow process, but effectively allowing any viewer that supports gif images to ``support'' Japanese.

But it is slow, and if possible, you are encouraged to use WWW browsers that support Japanese, if possible.

Encoding Types

The three common encoding types are:

Here are samples of each encoding you might use to see if anything is supported on your system.

The last word on Japanese Encodings

To learn more than you ever wanted to know about all this stuff, you want Ken Lunde's Understanding Japanese Information Processing published by O'Reilly and Associates, its successor, CJKV Information Processing, and CJKV Information Processing, Second Edition, all published by O'Reilly and Associates.

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