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Chinese Word Processing
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Since all computers work with numbers codified through successions of zeros and ones (bits), there is, in principle, no difference between Western and Chinese word processing, as there has to be previous agreement as to which sequence of bits corresponds to which character. In short, there has to be a form of coding. One of the best-known codes, also based on the binary number system, is the Morse code alphabet with sequences of short and long tones. SOS, for example, is coded as "short-short-sh…

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Winkler, Roland, “Chinese Word Processing”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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