Best Practices for Chinese Layout

1, Punctuations differ.

2, Use the right fonts

Glyphs differ between Tradition and Simplified Chinese.
Chinese System Font in Latest OS (updated 2015/11/7, OS X El Capitan/iOS 9/Android 5.0)

3, Proper line-height.

4, Justify is elixir.

5, No italic/oblique.

Cursive script in Chinese

6, Paragraph separation.

7, Kai is more bookish.

Kai is used for citation in a Chinese poem textbook

8, Break-all v.s. prohibition rules.

Justify with long latin word with Chinese
With Word-break: break-all. It's better but break some rules.

9, Careful about letter-spacing.


10, Simplified to Traditional not ok, but Traditional to Simplified works.



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Bobby Tung

Bobby Tung

W3C i18n invited expert, editor of "Requirements for Chinese Text Layout" (CLREQ), Evangelist. I provide consultancy of digital publishing in Taiwan.