Chinese Multimedia

Getting started

Before you use the CD

The multimedia content of this CDROM requires Apple Quicktime Media Player. If Quicktime has not been installed on your computer, a free copy can be installed from the CD ¨C  simply double-click on the Quicktime Installer and then follow the on-screen instructions.

For best results we recommend that your computer's display resolution should be set to 800 x 600 pixels (this can be done from the Windows Control Panel - click on the Display icon, then the Settings tab).

Launching the CD

The CD will launch automatically when you insert the disk.

Reading and Writing Chinese

Both of the major browsers can now support Chinese without any other programs, though we recommend that you use Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or later.  

To enter Chinese text we suggest that you use the Microsoft Input Method Editor for Simplified Chinese. The Input Method Editor (IME) is an application that enables you to enter Chinese characters in other programs by converting keystrokes from an English keyboard into Asian characters.

If your computer has Windows 2000 or XP as the operating system, the IME for Simplified Chinese can be installed from the Windows 2000 CDROM (in the Control Panel, select Regional Settings, then Input Locales and add the IME for Simplified Chinese).

If you use an earlier version of Windows (Windows 95/98 and Windows NT Workstation 4.0), then you will need to obtain the Microsoft Global IME 5.02 for Simplified Chinese with Language Pack. This software can be downloaded free of charge from the Microsoft website ( It can also be obtained on the Microsoft Office Proofing Tools for Asian Languges CDROM and on the Microsoft Office 2000 Multi-Language Pack Disk 4 (Simplified and Traditional Chinese).

If the Character Writing exercises do not appear to be working correctly, it may be because the Java components were not included in your browser installation. In that case, the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine can be downloaded from

For more detailed technical information, please consult the Technical Information chapter of your textbook.