Reading the Annotated Chinese Scriptures
Viewing the Scriptures
These web pages can only be viewed on Microsoft Internet Explorer 5
or above; Netscape Navigator will not work. You can
download the latest version of Explorer, Internet
Explorer 5.5, for free from Microsoft.
You need a Chinese font to view the pages correctly. The
recommended font is the
Bitstream Cyberbit font (be warned, it's 6 Megabytes
large). Unzip the file
and install it from the Font section of the Control Panel under
Settings in Windows. Another possible font is the free Microsoft
Chinese font (get the Global IME for Simplified Chinese
with the language pack). After downloading the
program, run it to install the MS Song Chinese font. It
will also automatically set Internet Explorer to use the font. Arial
Unicode MS, which also comes with Microsoft Office 2000, is
another font that can be used.
Printing the Scriptures
Some printers have difficulty printing Chinese. In these cases the
characters (or possibly the pinyin tone marks) will appear fine on the
screen but will print out as empty boxes. These web pages do not use
Big5 or GB, but instead use the UTF-8 encoding of Unicode.
Below is a list of suggestions on what to try to get the pages to
If none of the above works, or if you have some comments about
these web pages, e-mail me at
- If you printer supports it, check "Print True Type
fonts as graphics". This would be available in the
"Properties" button in the Printer dialogue.
- Update your printer driver to the latest available from the
website of the printer manufacturer. Look for a driver that says
it supports printing Unicode.
- Make sure you have some Chinese fonts installed:
- On Internet Explorer, from the main menu go to:
"Tools"->"Internet Options". Select the "General" tab and then the
"Fonts" button. You'll get a list of languages. Look at Japanese.
Does it have any fonts listed? If not, get the Cyberbit font
mentioned above, install it, and check again. Also check that Chinese
(both Simp. and Traditional) has some fonts listed. IE can interpret
the characters as Japanese and not print them unless Japanese has a
font listed, even if it displays on screen correctly. This was a
problem I had.
- If the the characters are printing out, but the pinyin above
some characters is lower than others, follow the procedure in the
suggestion above, making sure that Japanese, Simplified Chinese,
Traditional Chinese all are using the same font.
- Make sure you are running Internet Explorer 5.
- If running Windows NT, make sure to get the latest
service pack (at least SP5).
- If the printer is on a network, try installing the Chinese
font onto the printer server.