Hello, this is Gwyneth Marshall again and this is the second part of a four-part series or articles on East Asian text features. Continuing from the East Asian Text Layout Features article, we will explore text formatting features specific to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, collectively referred to as "East Asian languages". In this article, we will explore, East Asian Text Formatting features, namely Enclosed Characters, Character Border, Character Shading and Character Emphasis.
NOTE: All these features require at least one East Asian language to be enabled, as described in My Language Preferences: Office Editing Languages. If additional settings need to be changed, these are noted with the feature.
Enclosed characters are characters surrounded by equilateral shapes such as triangle, square, diamond, or circle—commonly used in East Asia to indicate symbols. Publisher and Word allow you to easily enclose characters.
Instructions for Publisher and Word
Similar to Enclosed Characters, but this feature allows you to create a border around a larger set of characters or a whole sentence.
Instructions for Outlook WordMail and Word
Yet another way to add emphasis to text is to use Character Shading.
Due to the nature of the characters used by the East Asian languages, bolding often makes the characters unreadable. Therefore, emphasis points are used to emphasize certain text. Note that Simplified Chinese differs in that the emphasis mark is to the left of or below the text, instead of to the right or above the character.
The emphasis characters available and their position will depend on which language the text is marked.
Thanks to Grace Sturman, Peter Liang and Paul Suurs for their assistance with this article.
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