Installing East Asian language support under Windows

From MozillaZine Knowledge Base

You don't need to modify Mozilla Suite/Firefox/Thunderbird's configuration or download a plugin to display webpages or emails written in Chinese, Japanese or Korean characters. You only need to make sure your operating system has East Asian language support enabled. But, If you need Mozilla Suite/Firefox/Thunderbird's interface and menus to be in another language than English, download a localized Mozilla Suite / Firefox / Thunderbird release.

This page outlines the steps for installing East Asian languages on a computer running Windows so that the user can display East Asian characters.


Windows XP

  1. On the Windows Start menu, point to Control Panel, and then click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
  2. Click the Regional and Language Options icon, and then click the Languages tab.
  3. In the Supplemental languages support box, check the box for Install East Asian Languages.
  4. Click Apply and OK.

Windows 2000 Professional

  1. On the Windows Start menu, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Regional Options icon, and then click the General tab.
  3. Check the languages you want supported (Japanese; Korean; Simplified Chinese; and/or Traditional Chinese) by clicking in the checkbox next to those languages listed under Language settings for the system. You may need to scroll down to see the language options you want. You may be prompted for a Windows 2000 Professional CD-ROM.

Windows 95/98/NT4

Windows 95/98/NT4 users have to download Asian language support from Microsoft's Web site.

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