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.
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 [http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/ie/Features/ime.asp]
which supports traditional Chinese.
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,
NJStar, or RichWin.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org