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Technical Information

Viewing multiple languages:
Because our records are written in a variety of languages, the Ricci Roundtable displays web pages in Unicode (UTF-8) format. This format allows the display of different scripts on the same page without character code conflicts or having to select one language. For example, Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean may be displayed on the same page. Almost any PC or Apple Macintosh can display Unicode. All that is required is a recent version of Internet Explorer (5 or greater preferred) and fonts to display these languages.

About Asian fonts:
Our data is created using Arial Unicode MS (no longer a free download from Microsoft but included with Office and other Microsoft applications for the PC). Apple users can install Asian fonts found on OS9 and OSX system disks. PC users may already have Unicode Han fonts such as MingLiU, PMingLiU, SimSun, etc. on Word. [Note: we use Traditional Chinese fonts by default, as the vast majority of our data are written in this script].

Most browsers can already read Western language scripts correctly. Internet Explorer users can download language support by selecting Chinese Traditional (Big-5) from the Encoding list under View. For those who also want to also input Chinese, there are several options. One is to download Microsoft's Global IME and Traditional Chinese language pack [] which supports traditional Chinese.

We also recommend downloading the other Asian IME/font packages (Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean), not only because some of our records are in those languages, but also when linked to others sites you may need these fonts. Another option is to use a third-party software such as TwinBridge, UnionWay, NJStar, or RichWin.

Searching Tips:
For Western languages and Vietnamese: You must enter the correct diacritical marks for languages that use them, e.g. colecção, Schütte, répertoire, etc.

For Chinese, Japanese, and Korean: When using a third-party software, be sure that Unicode input is enabled and that the added space between characters function is turned off. (These steps not required for MS Global IME or Apple language input.)

Contact The Ricci Institute: ricci@usfca.du