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Windows 2000 is a Unicode-based operating system with its own CJK fonts and input method editors but sometimes you may prefer a third-party CJK enabler, especially if you need more input methods (e.g. Traditional Chinese Pinyin to Hanzi) or want to read pre-Unicode encoded documents without changing your default language setting.  Users of  Office XP may want to upgrade to Office XP's new input method editors.


CJK fonts

This is how you install the fonts supplied with Windows 2000:
Double-click My Computer, Control Panel and Regional Settings.  Check Chinese, Japanese and/or Korean under Language Settings in the General tab and click OK.
You will find the following TTC and TTF files in your WINDOWS\FONTS directory:
Traditional Chinese mingliu.ttc MingLiU & PMingLiU
Simplified Chinese simsun.ttc SimSun & NSimSun
simhei.ttf SimHei
Japanese msmincho.ttc MS Mincho & MS PMincho
msgothic.ttc MS Gothic, MS PGothic & MS UI Gothic
Korean batang.ttc Batang, BatangChe; Gungsuh, GungsuhChe
gulim.ttc Gulim, GulimChe; Dotum, DotumChe
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Windows 2000 Input Method Editors

This is how you add the input method editors after you have installed the fonts:
Double-click My Computer, Control Panel and Regional Settings.  Click Input Locales, click Add, associate each input locale with a keyboard layout and click OK.
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Office XP Input Method Editors

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CJK enablers

I have not tested any of the following applications under Windows 2000.
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MViewNT Pro

The least expensive CJK enabler.  It supports the following character sets and encoding forms:
Language R/W 8-bit View 7-bit
Multilingual UTF-8 (read-only) UTF-7
Traditional Chinese Big5 -
Simplified Chinese GB, GBK HZ, ISO-2022
Japanese Shift-JIS, EUC-JP ISO-2022
Korean KSC (= EUC-KR) ISO-2022
Only the GB portion of GBK is supplied with input methods.
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NJStar Communicator 2.23

It has the most input methods of all CJK enablers.  You can input compounds and phrases, not just individual characters.

Supported character sets and encoding forms:

Language R/W 8-bit View 7-bit
Multilingual UTF-8 MIME, UTF-7
Traditional Chinese Big5 MIME
Simplified Chinese GB, GBK MIME, HZ, ISO-2022, ISO-2022-GB
Japanese Shift-JIS, EUC-JP MIME, ISO-2022, ISO-2022-JP
Korean KSC (= EUC-KR) MIME, ISO-2022, ISO-2022-KR
Only the GB portion of GBK is supplied with input methods.  You can use the Chinese, Japanese and Korean input methods to input UTF-8.
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UnionWay AsianSuite X2

A modular CJK enabler: you can choose what languages and how many fonts you want to install.

Supported character sets and encoding forms:

Language R/W 8-bit View 7-bit
Traditional Chinese Big5 -
Simplified Chinese GB (= EUC-CN) HZ
Japanese Shift-JIS, EUC-JP ISO-2022, ISO-2022-JP
Korean KSC (= EUC-KR) ISO-2022-KR
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