How to read Chinese on the web

If you just want to read Chinese web pages, the best choice is Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, it can display Chinese charactors (GB2312 and Big5) without the need of any other Chinese language software. The drawback is you can't input Chinese charactors.

If the web page is in GB code:

  • Exit all Chinese packages
  • On the top line of IE5.0
    select "View" -> "Encoding" -> "Chinese Simplified (GB2312)"
    or "View" -> "Encoding" -> "More" -> "Chinese Simplified (GB2312)"

If the web page is in Big5 code:

  • Exit all Chinese packages
  • On the top line of IE5.0
    select "View" -> "Encoding" -> "Chinese Traditional (Big5)"
    or "View" -> "Encoding" -> "More" -> "Chinese Traditional (Big5)"

Setup the language priority

  • On the top line of IE5.0
    select "Tools" -> "Internet Options" -> "General"
    -> "Languages" -> "Add", add "Chinese (PRC) [zh-cn]"
    and "Chinese (Taiwan) [zh-tw]" if they are not
    already there, use "Move Up" to move Chinese Languages
    ahead of English. If you mostly read GB pages, put
    "Chinese (PRC) [zh-cn]" on the top place; If you mostly
    read Big5 pages, put "Chinese (Taiwan) [zh-tw]" on the
    top place