Chinese text GIF file generation

William Park parkw at
Mon Mar 12 00:47:30 CET 2001

On Sun, Mar 11, 2001 at 10:59:37PM -0000, hungjunglu at wrote:
> William Park <parkw at b...> wrote: 
> > Because there is so many variables (ie. font, style, size, ...), I
> > don't think there is package that does what you want.  However, you
> > can use LaTeX to produce Postscript format, and then convert it into
> > GIF.
> There surely are existing packages. Just visit any of the Chinese 
> news portals (e.g: and you'll see what I mean. 

They are using blocks of image in 
    <map> <area...> <area...> ...  </map>.
So, what is your question?  Do you simply want to duplicate it using
Python?  Or, do you want to display each character as separate image?

> Unlike Korean or Japanese, or even Vietnamese, for Chinese websites, 
> it is usually a better idea to present text in GIF than in multi-byte 
> encoding schemes. The thing is, there is a big need out there for 
> real-time or quasi-real-time on-the-fly GIF generation of Chinese 
> text in GIF format. Anything that involves an intermediate manual 
> process is unacceptable. (Besides, it's easy to do it manually on any 
> PC: screen capture + format conversion and you are done. It's just 
> time-consuming.) For websites containing multiple foreign languages 
> in the USA, text-to-gif converters is a real necessity: you don't 
> want to show jibberish to your visitors.

Since you seem to be talking about character-by-character display...
Okey, generation of image for each character can be automated; it's
simple script loop.  If you use LaTeX, then see near bottom of
'' package --- do the search from <>.

Once these images are stored in /icons/chinese/, you would have to write
stand-alone script to match your input characters to corresponding
images.  It would spit out <img src=...> for each chinese character.  

---William Park, Open Geometry Consulting, Linux/Python, 8 CPUs.

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