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Windows NT 4.0

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freely downloadable Unicode TrueType fonts with codepages and a tool to input CJK.  The best integrated input tools are Microsoft's free input method editors but they only provide the basic input methods and they can only be used with second generation Unicode applications like Office 2000 or Netscape 4.72CJK enablers, aka. double-byte managers, let you read and write CJK in both Unicode-compliant and pre-Unicode applications and they provide more input methods than the input method editors.  Users of  Word 97 can also input Chinese with a free macro.


CJK enablers

If you use a CJK enabler with a Unicode-compliant application then GB, Big5, Shift-JIS, EUC, KSC, etc. no longer mean what they originally do but stand for the Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean subsets of  Unicode.

Click here to learn about CJK input methods.

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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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Word Macro

Type the pronunciation in Pinyin (without tones) and select your character from the list displayed on the input bar.  Press Ctrl+Space to switch between Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
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