This Stroke order project is also particulary link to calligraphic issue. The Free fonts use are chosen because of their calligraphic Kǎishū [楷書] appareance. The 3 ways of writing provide, modern chinese, japanese, and traditionnal chinese, correspond to the 3 main calligraphic schools. When a calligraphy is write, the way of writing [influence] the graphical result, especialy in cursives styles. Knowing the good stroke order will allow you to write a fully japanese calligraphy, or a fully traditionnal calligraphy, as ancient masters were writing the same words. The more calligraphic sub-project being the *-order.gif of Wikic.
The 214 radicals: model for other characters
For convenience and pedagogic purposes, we first work to complete the 214 Kangxi radicals in modern Chinese order, japanese and traditionnal chinese stroke order. This list is the most famous component analysis of Chinese characters. By doing this list, we will build a model which will allow every volunteer with some basic graphic skills to join the project, and contribute to its progress on the 2,000 most common characters.
An SVG ethimological sister-project
The Stroke order project was originally restricted to Standard Script (楷書 kǎishū) characters, showing the correct stroke order. Subsequently, some users began uploading historical characters, using www.internationalscientific.org, a dictionary of etymological research published online. This SVG etymological sister-project now plans to upload free SVG images of characters in oracle bone, bronzeware, great seal, and small seal styles.
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This Stroke order project is especialy thought to be useful as a graphic database, completing by pictures free databases such as EDICT, CEDICT. All the files are in unicode (UTF-8). All file are upload under clear file name such as :
馬-order.gifsuch as [hanzi]-subproject.ext
By defaut, file are for main-China stroke order. But if you are interesting by japanese order, give the priority to files contening « j » (*-jorder.gif ; *-jred.png ;...). If you are interesting by traditionnal chinese order, give the priority to files contening « t » (*-torder.gif ; *-tred.png ;...).
Since January 2007, the Deuscht version of CEDICT, HanDeDict, use about one thousand of our free *-bw.png images.
Other days Task
An other interesting skill of this Stroke order project is the « Other Days task ». After hard work spend in front of our computers and graphic softs, we take a rest. We go far away from Commons, far away from our computer. Some to play football, some to read books, some to raise squirrels, several to study well for their next exam. Some other [older] to take care of their family. etc.
(P.S. Would you like to provide an encouragement to this team and this free project ?)