Hello, and welcome to the Commons Stroke Order Project. This project aims to create a complete set of high quality and free illustrations to clearly show the stroke orders of Han characters (hanzi, kanji, kana, hantu, and hanja). The project was started as there was none like it in terms of quality and it seems that it is the only one working on three standards of Han character stroke order; ROC, PRC, and Japan.
The project mainly focus on the Han characters, but also on any phonetic scripts as well. See the status section in the top right of this page for a list of characters and their status.
This project specifically considers three stroke order standards for Han characters — that of the PRC (S), ROC (T), and Japan. In the cases where these share stroke orders, there are redirects linking these. See the Han characters page for more details.
The stroke order project currently includes three image types. The black & white (*-bw.png) and the red gradation (*-red.png) sub-projects produce printable versions usable for making books or printed textbooks. The Order sub-project (*-order.gif) is based on stronger calligraphic interest, and though painstaking to create, the results are spectacular.
The Stroke order project was originally limited to Standard Script (楷書 kǎishū) characters, showing their correct stroke order. Subsequently, some users began uploading historical characters, referencing www.internationalscientific.org, a dictionary of etymological research published online.
The Commons Stroke Order Project is especially useful as a graphic database, both for other Wikimedia projects and free databases such as EDICT and CEDICT. All the files are uploaded under clear, Unicode (UTF-8) encoded filenames.