Commons talk:Ancient Chinese characters project

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Massiv PNG upload for Clerical and Kaishu[edit]

Hello Erin, I can make quickly image.png (using a font and a script) of the 1.000 commonest characters, in Clerical and in Kaishu style (traditionnal and simplified). I even can make the 2.000 commonests, allways in .png.
3 questions :

  1. This is a wide copy of an existent font, which [USA] laws apply on this kind of work ?
  2. How upload quickly 2 thousand files ? Scripts are welcome, who can do this ?
  3. PNG or SVG : We can do this 2.000 x 2 = 4.000 files in SVG, but that will need 30 seconde by file [Open-vectorisation-save-close], I think it's not convenient to do it. Scripts are welcome but I'm unable to do this.

What do you think about that ? Yug (talk) 15:22, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

I don't think such images should be uploaded as PNGs. I think that SVG versions may not be necessary either. Kaishu and Lishu are scripts in use today, with ordinary fonts commonly available to view them. I think there would probably be a big copyright problem too. — Erin (talk) 15:30, 13 August 2006 (UTC)
Ok, just keep in mind that if need, and if able by the font copyright, we can do many png of clerical and kaishu really fast. (de:User:Hieke can help us for massiv upload if need. See his bot~) Yug (talk) 15:39, 13 August 2006 (UTC)
I am not a lawyer, but although fonts may be copyrighted in the US, but that copyright doesn't cover samples of the font (basically anything using the font). That's why we have Category:Fonts. – Minh Nguyễn (talk, contribs) 06:28, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
After reading Wikipedia:Public domain, I think you'd be fine in uploading the Clerical and Kaishu characters. Uploading in PNG is apparently the safer choice, as "a rasterized representation (e.g. bitmap) of the characters in a scalable font is not protected by copyright in the United States", but I think even an SVG might be acceptable. – Minh Nguyễn (talk, contribs) 06:34, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Character need : the 12 animals of China[edit]

You are asking for old character to upload first, I think this little list should be nice because beautifully "Chinese".
Chinese astrology:

And the natural elements :

Yug (talk) 16:11, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

Supersed Gif images to delete[edit]

See this page. There is about 100 images to delete ! We can do it 10 by ten, or 5 by 5. --Yug (talk) 14:42, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

Cool project[edit]

This would be very useful when completed! Too bad I don't have spare time for the Wiki these few months... But I'll help, once my schedule lighten up. Miborovsky (en) 05:04, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Yes, quite! Thanks for doing this work. I was way stoked to find some of your svgs. Keep it up, I'm sure lots of people are as stoked as I am with your efforts. Dann Dempsey (talk) 16:48, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Interesting Fonts[edit]

This website has interesting fonts, like the one with the Small Seal characters from the Shuowen. Harmen. (

Where are files?[edit]

Hi, I'm new to wikimedia and I saw this project, which looks cool. I read the tutorial on creating SVG files and would like to try some but I don't know how to find what has already been done (so I would know which ones to do) or to use the results of work already done. Is there a directory somewhere with the files?

Reference of this project[edit]

These are reference used in this project:

細說漢字部首 左民安 ISBN 7801953568

Visualizing the work done ![edit]

  1. Ancient Chinese characters/order
  2. Ancient Chinese characters/red
  3. Ancient Chinese characters/bronze
  4. Ancient Chinese characters/oracle
  5. Ancient Chinese characters/seal
  6. Ancient Chinese characters/bigseal
  7. Ancient Chinese characters/songti
  8. Ancient Chinese characters/kaishu
  9. Ancient Chinese characters/clerical

Yug (talk) 14:35, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

Great book on Oracle bone Script[edit]

高岛谦一 甲骨文字字释综览 it's out there on the web on pdf.