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 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced the Chinese Language Kit, a software product that makes it easy for people to work in Chinese and English (or other languages) on an Apple Macintosh personal computer. The Chinese Language Kit allows customers to input, edit, and display Chinese characters without having to use a fully localized Chinese version of the Macintosh operating system. The second of Apple's language kits, this product reinforces Apple's commitment to making the Macintosh a global computing platform.
 The Chinese Language Kit and the Japanese Language Kit (shipped in April 1992) are both based on WorldScript -- a technology only available with Apple's System 7.1. WorldScript provides system-level support for the most widely used written languages and a unified platform on which developers can create applications for worldwide markets. Using the Chinese Language Kit, a Macintosh computer with System 7.1, and any application that supports Apple's WorldScript, customers can create documents that mix Chinese characters with other languages supported by their system.
 "We're extremely pleased with sales of the Japanese Language Kit, which have exceeded even our most optimistic expectations," said Kirk Loevner, vice president, AppleSoft Products Group. "We're equally enthusiastic about the Chinese Language Kit. People who need to use the Chinese language on their computers are not just in China, but all over the world. This is an important product for Apple, for many of our customers, and for any developer who wants to create applications for worldwide markets."
 Language Kits are intended for customers who need to create documents and presentations that contain multiple languages, including professionals in multinational businesses, government, and publishing, as well as students, teachers and others. Apple believes that two trends, globalization of business and the increase of ethnic populations in the United States, may present opportunities to expand Apple's family of language kits for the Macintosh.
 The Chinese Language Kit works with localized applications for Chinese and with WorldScript applications. Many major applications, such as WordPerfect and Nisus, take advantage of WorldScript. The Chinese Language Kit also supports the variety of applications that have been localized for the Chinese market; ClarisWorks and Canvas, for example, have Chinese versions shipping.
 Product Contents and System Requirements
 The Chinese Language Kit supports both traditional and simplified characters. It includes bilingual documentation, TrueType fonts, and a wide variety of input methods, including the most popular -- Pinyin and Zhuyin. The Chinese Language Kit requires a Macintosh computer with at least 5MB of RAM, System 7.1, and a hard disk drive with at least 10MB of storage available (17MB to install both traditional and simplified characters). Additional TrueType fonts are contained on a CD ROM (included); in order to use them, users will need a CD ROM drive and additional hard disk space.
 Pricing and Availability
 The Chinese Language Kit is available in the United States through Apple authorized resellers for a suggested retail price of U.S. $249. In the United States, the kit comes with built in, up-and-running support through 1-800-SOS-APPL.
 Outside the United States, the Chinese Language Kit is available through a variety of resellers. Pricing and availability varies by country.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, and Macintosh are registered trademarks; and System 7, TrueType, and WorldScript are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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