August 2, 2009

Chinese Character Conversions

Filed under: Uncategorized — ktetaichinh @ 9:23 am

Chinese Character Conversions

Monday April 6, 2009

There are many online and offline utilities that will convert Chinese characters from their simplified forms to traditional, and vice-versa. So Mandarin students shouldn’t be dismayed with digital text in the “wrong” form – a quick cut-and-paste will make the wrong into the right.

So wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool that does web pages on the fly? Well, Firefox users have a few options. One is a Firefox add-on called 新同文堂 (New Tong Wen Tang). It’s supposed to convert all websites to traditional or simplified characters automatically, but this feature didn’t work for me. It does a good job of converting individual pages, though.

Another Firefox option is a Greasemonkey script for Firefox that is supposed to convert traditional Chinese web pages to simplified Chinese. I haven’t tested this one yet, so if you’ve tried it out, please let me know.

Another possibility is the DimSum Web Page Annotator. It looks like it has a web page conversion feature, but I wasn’t able to get it to work in Firefox. Maybe in Internet Explorer?

If you are looking for some other conversion tools, try this Google search.

(1) Henrique says:
I use a add-on for Firefox called : Chinese Pera-kun… i recommend! :)

April 13, 2009 at 5:37 pm

(2) Don says:

Following its recommendation on this website, I recently downloaded DimSum Chinese Tools, and I’m finding it very useful (so thank you, Qiu Gui :-) ). My web-browser of choice is Internet Explorer, and the DimSum Web Page Annotator seems to work okay, so long as the Settings option for Output Character Type is set to Simplified. Here’s a string of text from the website,

The original text reads:


The on-the-fly webpage, as viewed via the DimSum converter, reads thus:



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