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This guide provides Chinese-specific information, such as character sets and locales, for end users and programmers who want to use and develop internationalized applications in Chinese locales on the Compaq Tru64 UNIX operating system. Details of the Chinese features are also documented in this guide.

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Intended Audience

This guide is for new and experienced end users and programmers who are interested in the Chinese variant of the Compaq Tru64 UNIX operating system.

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Structure of This Guide

This guide consists of nine chapters:

Chapter 1 Describes the Chinese character sets supported in the Compaq Tru64 UNIX operating software.
Chapter 2 Describes the Chinese codesets and the conversion among different codesets.

Chapter 3

Describes the Chinese locales.

Chapter 4

Describes the local hardware devices which support the Chinese locales.

Chapter 5

Provides information on Chinese fonts.

Chapter 6

Provides information on Chinese keyboards.

Chapter 7

Describes how to input Chinese characters.

Chapter 8

Introduces the Chinese printing support.

Chapter 9

Provides descriptions of other Chinese features.

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Chinese Code for Data Communication

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The following typographical conventions are used in this manual:


A percent sign represents the C shell system prompt. A dollar sign represents the system prompt for the Bourne and Korn shell.


A number sign represents the superuser prompt.

% cat

Boldface type in interactive examples indicates typed user input.


Italic (slanted) type indicates variable values, placeholders, and function argument names.

[ | ]
{ | }

In syntax definitions, brackets indicate items that are optional and braces indicate items that are required. Vertical bars separating items inside brackets or braces indicate that you choose one item from among those listed.

. . .

In syntax definitions, a horizontal ellipsis indicates that the preceding item can be repeated one or more times.


A cross-reference to a reference page includes the appropriate section number in parentheses. For example, cat(1) indicates that you can find information on the cat command in Section 1 of the reference pages.


In an example, a key name enclosed in a box indicates that you press that key.


This symbol indicates that you hold down the first named key while pessing the key or mouse button that follows the slash. In examples, this key combination is enclosed in a box (for example [Ctrl/C]).

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