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Old 9th September 2007, 01:31 PM
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Re: Simplified or Traditional ?

Simplified has a much bigger market.

Even in Hong Kong they are pushing Mandarin alot these days. Simplified is seen alot more these days with lots of shop signs etc now can be seen in simplified, whereas before they would have been 100% traditional.
With alot more Mandarin entering HK these days i do not think it will be long before simplified is the main script in HK also, unfortunately..

This is also reflected in the United Nations who have made a decision to use simplified Chinese as the only Chinese characters after 2008.
Nowadays the UN accepts two versions of Chinese characters, namely the traditional Chinese and the simplified Chinese.
After 2008 they will only use Simplified Characters.

Hong Kong 7,000,000
Taiwan 24,000,000
China population 1,400,000,000

For Simplified keyword popularity, use this tool by baidu (China'a most used SE): http://index.baidu.com/
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