- In 1994, Microsoft released a Simplified Chinese version of Windows for the Chinese market. The updated system identified itself as Windows 3.2 . The update was limited to this language version, as it fixed only issues related to the complex writing system of the Chinese language.
- Windows 3.2 was generally sold by computer manufacturers with a ten-disk version of MS-DOS that also had Simplified Chinese characters in basic output and some translated utilities.
It also called “ Chinese Windows ”
Windows version 3.2 is available only in Simplified Chinese. There is no Windows version 3.2 for any other language.
This version is a Chinese translation of Windows 3.1 and, except for what appears to be some font related stuff, includes only what Windows 3.1 has. Still, it is somewhat interesting and deserves some screen shots.
The Windows 3.2 about box.
The Windows 3.2 about box.
Normal Windows applications can usually be converted to other languages without even having to touch the applications source code or re-compiling. Text strings, graphics, icons, cursors, and dialog boxes are normally stored in "resources" in the executable that can be edited using a "resource editor" (macintosh applications are also like this).
Early versions of Windows were limited to 8-bit ascii characters with enough international characters to use languages with similar alphabets such as spanish or french. Newer versions of Windows use a more extensible text format called Unicode.
As this picture shows Windows 3.2 comes with all the utilities that that Windows 3.1 has, plus a couple of font related utilities.
With few exceptions all text in the applications and documentation have been translated to "simplified Chinese".
Similarly it has all the same control panel items with Windows 3.1 although a couple of the icons are different.
English programs have no problem running under this version of Windows as this example shows.
The upgrade has some new and improved IMEs (Input Method Editors). It now comes with the following IMEs:
The first two IMEs did not exist in Simplified Chinese Windows version 3.1.
This is a font editor used for adding new Chinese characters to the existing fonts. Any added characters, however, can only be used on the local computer.
In Windows 3.2 users can hit multiple keys on a "QWERTY" style keyboard to generate a large possible number of Chinese characters. There are several layout standards for this, and this utility lets the user customize the layout.
Exiting windows 3.2.
Simplified Chinese Characters (simplified Chinese) are one of two standard sets of Chinese characters of the contemporary Chinese written language. They are based mostly on popular cursive forms embodying graphic or phonetic simplifications of the traditional forms that were used in printed text for over a thousand years. The government of the People's Republic of China has promoted them for use in printing in an attempt to increase literacy. They are officially used in the People's Republic of China , Singapore , and the United Nations .