Reading Chinese E-Mail under Windows:
When Choosing Japanese Encoding is Necessary
For users of English-language Windows and e-mail programs who have enabled Chinese language support, Chinese messages may need to be decoded by manual selection of the encoding scheme from the View/Encoding submenu, which contain three options for simplified Chinese and one for traditional Chinese in the case of Internet Explorer. Astonishingly, there are situations when selecting Chinese encoding will not work, but selecting Japanese encoding succeeds in deciphering a message in Chinese! For that reason it is advisable to install Microsoft’s Japanese language support and input editor even if the user never reads or writes Japanese.
It is likely that messages originating from Chinese versions of Windows
running native Chinese language software will not pose such a problem. But
for people who may receive Chinese e-mail from users of English versions
of Windows, the possibility that invoking Japanese encoding is nessary
exists. It has been verified that e-mail written with Microsoft's Input
Method Editors for Chinese under Hotmail (with English as the preferred
language), Outlook 2002, Outlook Web Access, OperaMail and Yahoo Mail may
require manual selection of Japanese encoding. Full details are found in
table for a comparision of the Chinese sending and receiving
capability of ten e-mail programs to send and receive Chinese
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