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China Type Design Ltd. Customizes Chinese Fonts for Oxford English-Chinese Dictionary.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English-Chinese Dictionary to Feature Customized Simplified Chinese Fonts

WOBURN, Mass. & HONG KONG Hong Kong (hŏng kŏng), Mandarin Xianggang, special administrative region of China, formerly a British crown colony (2005 est. pop. 6,899,000), land area 422 sq mi (1,092 sq km), adjacent to Guangdong prov.  -- China Type Design Ltd., the Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Monotype monotype, type set by the Monotype machine. See printing.
 or monoprint

In art printmaking, a technique prized because of its unique textural qualities.
 Imaging Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: TYPE), a leading global provider of text imaging solutions, has licensed two Chinese fonts that were customized for the Oxford University Press China Ltd., the Hong Kong-based branch of the Oxford University Press. The fonts, which together comprise about 35,000 characters, will be used in the Simplified Chinese version of the Oxford Advanced Learner's English-Chinese Dictionary, Seventh Edition. The dictionary is expected to be launched in Mainland China in the second quarter of 2009.

The publication is the second of a pair of advanced learner's English-Chinese dictionaries from the Oxford University Press. The first volume, published in April 2008, is the Orthodox Chinese version, which is used mainly in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Orthodox Chinese version also uses fonts customized by China Type. Together, the dictionaries represent one of the latest projects from a relationship between the two companies that has spanned more than 20 years.

"Fonts play a significant role in our dictionary publishing, and we draw on China Type's expertise to help us identify the most suitable, reliable and high-quality solution," said Lau Yung Keung, head and editor-in-chief of the dictionary publishing unit of Oxford University Press China. "We have turned to China Type to provide customized type because existing fonts could not meet our precise needs."

"More work goes into Chinese fonts than many people realize," said Ricky Chun, director of China Type Design. "While they need to be appealing or distinct, the fonts also must be readable at various sizes and may require the support of tens of thousands of characters. Characters may need to be modified to complement a particular writing style, and some characters may need to be tailor-made, such as special purpose characters or educational wordings created for specific requirements and target audiences. Using custom fonts enables OUP OUP (in Northern Ireland) Official Unionist Party  China to differentiate its products while also meeting unique and functional requirements See information requirements and functional specification.

(specification) functional requirements - What a system should be able to do, the functions it should perform.

The DictSungHKS[TM] Light font font
 or typeface or type family

Assortment or set of type (alphanumeric characters used for printing), all of one coherent style. Before the advent of computers, fonts were expressed in cast metal that was used as a template for printing.
, developed for the publication of the Simplified Chinese edition, was customized based on China Type's MSungHKS[TM] Light font. The company's MHeiHKS[TM] Bold font was also applied to the special headings and labels. Both fonts are based on the OpenType([R]) font format and conform to Verb 1. conform to - satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?"
fit, meet

coordinate - be co-ordinated; "These activities coordinate well"
 the Unicode[TM] Standard of multilingual mul·ti·lin·gual  
1. Of, including, or expressed in several languages: a multilingual dictionary.

 digital information exchange. The typefaces This is a list of typefaces. Serif
Here you can find a graphical version of this table.
  • Aldus
  • Antiqua
  • Aster
  • Baskerville
  • Bell (Monotype) Didone classification serif type deisgned by Richard Austin, 1788
  • Bembo
  • Benguiat
 also support the Big5 Chinese character encoding In computing, Chinese character encodings can be used to represent text written in the CJK languages — Chinese, Japanese, Korean — and (rarely) obsolete Vietnamese, all of which use Chinese characters.  system. More than 3,000 characters were added to the DictSungHKS-Light font to achieve full coverage of the Hong Kong supplementary character set. Special characters were added to meet the customized requirements for dictionary usage. Also, aesthetic characteristics were enhanced to complement the writing style of the latest national character set standard of the Peoples Republic of China, GB 18030-2005.

Oxford University Press China is completing the Simplified Chinese edition of the dictionary in a traditional Chinese desktop environment, the same setup that was applied to the Orthodox Chinese edition. Both dictionaries are based on the same typographic See typography.  design, which adheres to a specific house style. While the Orthodox Chinese edition is intended for students and advance English learners in regions such as Hong Kong and Taiwan, where Orthodox Chinese is used, the upcoming Simplified Chinese edition is aimed at Mainland China, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as other regions where Simplified Chinese is used.

About China Type Design

With offices in Hong Kong and Beijing, China Type Design was founded in 1986 and employs a team of experienced Asian font design and production experts. Information about China Type can be found at

About Monotype Imaging

Monotype Imaging is a global provider of text imaging solutions for manufacturers and developers of consumer electronic devices including laser printers, copiers, mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes The cable TV box that sits on "top" of the TV "set," although it is often located several feet away in an equipment rack. The set-top box descrambles the premium channels and provides a tuner for the higher cable numbers that very old TVs did not support. , digital cameras and software applications and operating systems Operating systems can be categorized by technology, ownership, licensing, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics. In practice, many of these groupings may overlap. . The company also provides printer drivers and color imaging technologies to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Monotype Imaging technologies are combined with access to more than 10,000 typefaces from the Monotype([R]), Linotype([R]) and ITC ITC (Brit) n abbr (= Independent Television Commission) → Fernseh-Aufsichtsgremium

ITC n abbr (BRIT) (= Independent Television Commission) →
([R]) typeface The design of a set of printed characters, such as Courier, Helvetica and Times Roman. The terms "typeface" and "font" are used interchangeably, but the typeface is the primary design, while the font is the particular implementation and variation of the typeface, such as bold or italics  libraries - home to some of the world's most widely used designs, including the Times New Roman([R]), Helvetica([R])and ITC Franklin Gothic Franklin Gothic is a realist sans-serif typeface designed by Morris Fuller Benton (1872-1948) in 1902. The typeface is one of over 200 typefaces designed by Benton. There is an assumption that the name of this typeface was named after Benjamin Franklin. [TM] typefaces. Fonts are licensed to creative and business professionals through custom font design services, direct sales or e-commerce portals. Monotype Imaging offers fonts and industry-standard solutions that support all of the world's major languages. The company is based in Woburn, Mass., with regional offices in the U.K., Germany (Linotype), Mt. Prospect, Ill., Redwood City Redwood City, city (1990 pop. 66,072), seat of San Mateo co., W Calif., on San Francisco Bay; inc. 1868. Manufactures include commmunications, electrical, electronic, and medical equipment. , Calif., Boulder, Colo., Japan, China and Korea. Information about Monotype Imaging and its products can be found at,,,,,,,, and

Monotype is a trademark of Monotype Imaging Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. DictSungHKS, MSungHKS, MHeiHKS and Times New Roman are trademarks of The Monotype Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Linotype is a trademark of Linotype GmbH registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Helvetica is a trademark of Linotype Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions in the name of Linotype Corp. or its licensee Linotype GmbH. ITC is a trademark of International Typeface Corp. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. ITC Franklin Gothic is a trademark of International Typeface Corp. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. OpenType is either a registered trademark or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Unicode is either a registered trademark or trademark of Unicode Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. [c] 2009 Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. All rights reserved.

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