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Hanyu Pinyin Characters in different character sets

Hanyu pinyin ["Chinese language spell sound"] (image of "Hanyu Pinyin" in Chinese) is the most commonly used system for Chinese romanization, i.e. writing Chinese on the Roman alphabet (a, b, c ...). This transliterating system was introduced in 1958 and officially adopted in 1979 by the People's Republic of China. Pinyin is not recognized in Taiwan.

Unfortunately some special diacritic characters, not found in all commonly used western character sets, are needed to properly romanize Chinese with Pinyin system. These pages try to introduce suitable character sets and to list where those difficult characters are located.

For the web page publishers there is a separate document which tries to explain how the employed character set should be indicated. Some browser setup tips to view Pinyin are also available.

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