Automatic Conversion between Traditional and Simplified Chinese




16 years ago
14 years ago


(Reporter: Yuting Kuo, Assigned: Jungshik Shin)



Windows XP

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16 years ago
This enhancement could benefit users who want to view Chinese pages in 
different encodings. The conversion between Traditional and Simplified Chinese 
is fairly simple (only a look-up table plus some adjustments), and is often 
required by Chinese users. It could be an option which when checked, 
automatically checks the page encoding tag, and converts GB to Big5 and vice 
versa. Or this can be done manually via the right-click menu.

Comment 1

16 years ago
The URL provided is a utility that offers this functionality under Windows.
Assigning to shanjian. If there is already a way to do this, perhaps we should
put it in the release notes?
Assignee: yokoyama → shanjian


16 years ago
Keywords: intl
QA Contact: ruixu → ylong
Assignee: shanjian → ftang
Ever confirmed: true

Comment 4

16 years ago
good suggestion
mark it m1.4alpha
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla1.4alpha

Comment 5

16 years ago
Yuting, can you propose the ui for this?
Where should we involve the TC/SC conversion ? When browser? or in composer? or
in mail composition? in mail viewering? as a tool in html textarea ? html <input

Comment 6

16 years ago
I've got a question somewhat related to this bug...

I am running linux and I use xcin for chinese input. By default I have these env
variables set:
and my xcin is set for BIG5.

When I visit sites that are in GB encoding, I can still input most characters
using my big5 xcin. However, some of the characters fail, for example:
  "&#20491;" becomes "&#20492;"
  "&#39000;" becomes "&#39001;"
  "&#35722;" becomes "&#35723;"
(note: these 6 characters should all be Big5 characters)

Basically, this error occurs when:
  Copy text from BIG5 site to a textbox in a GB site.
  Input text using xcin (big5) to a textbox in a GB site.

So, does mozilla do auto conversion when I was doing the above?
Should I file a bug about the error mentioned above?

Comment 7

16 years ago
ahhh... the characters doesn't show...

another try:
&#39000; becomes &#39001;
&#20491; becomes &#20492;
&#35722; becomes &#35723;

Comment 8

16 years ago
Created attachment 108270 [details]
example characters that doesn't seem to be converted

I couldn't input the example characters in the comment, here's an attachment
for it.

Comment 9

16 years ago
It's a good idea. Will GB page view as TC (character coding remains GB) or
convert GB page to BIG5 page? Will the conversion applies to UTF-8 (bookmark is

I think the UI should have both automatic conversion and manual conversion.
Manual conversion can place next to View>Character Coding. Automatic conversion
should locate in Preferences>Navigator>Languages and Preferences>Mail &
Newsgroup>Message Display.

Comment 10

16 years ago
To A.Lee

I've tried netscape 7.01 with Xcin and mozilla 1.2.1 in win2k. I cannot
reproduce the problem. And I don't think moz did any conversion in this case. If
you still see the error, you can file a new bug.

Comment 11

16 years ago
I have another suggestion for the UI. The UI can be similar to that of character
coding. I hope you can understand the following chart.

View > Show/Hide
       Full Screen
       Text Zoom
       Use Style
       Character Coding
       Chinese Conversion > Auto-Conversion
                            Traditional Chinese to Simplified Chinese
                            Simplified Chinese to Traditional Chinese

Under Auto-Conversion,

Auto-Conversion > (Off)
                  Traditional Chinese to Simplified Chinese
                  Simplified Chinese to Traditional Chinese

Comment 12

16 years ago
I suggest adding "Chinese Conversion" under "Character Coding" sub-menu. As it 
only applies to Chinese, it's probably best not to add it to the first-level 
menu, or only add as a plug-in.

So under this sub-menu, there is:

Simplified -> Traditional
Traditional -> Simplified

Auto-Detect >   (Off)
                Always Traditional
                Always Simplified

The structure is similar to John Paul's suggestion, except the wording. I used 
arrows (->) and took off "Chinese". This should increase the readability. Also 
in Chinese translation, the two will be displayed as:

ŠÈ -> ”É
”É -> ŠÈ

Under the Auto-Convert menu, "Always Traditional" suggests that all Chinese 
pages are displayed in Traditional Chinese. Instead of worrying about what 
converts to what, the user knows that by choosing this option he will always 
read the page in his preferred style. This will translate to:


Final point. This applies to Unicode conversion too. I.e. Convert Unicode 
Simplified Chinese -> Unicode Traditional Chinese etc. This assumes the page 
encoding can be correctly detected, and the appropriate conversion is carried 

Comment 13

14 years ago
what a hack. I have not touch mozilla code for 2 years. I didn't read these bugs
for 2 years. And they are still there. Just close them as won't fix to clean up.
Last Resolved: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX

Comment 14

14 years ago
Mass Reassign Please excuse the spam
Assignee: ftang → nobody

Comment 15

14 years ago
Mass Re-opening Bugs Frank Tang Closed on Wensday March 02 for no reason, all
the spam is his fault feel free to tar and feather him
Resolution: WONTFIX → ---

Comment 16

14 years ago
Reassigning Franks old bugs to Jungshik Shin for triage - Sorry for spam
Assignee: nobody → jshin1987

Comment 17

14 years ago
This clearly belongs to an extension, not to the core of mozilla.

Such an extension would be welcomed, but I think nobody should lose time trying
to code a patch for the core of mozilla to do that. I don't believe this stands
a single chance of being accepted in the core.
Last Resolved: 14 years ago14 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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