The 8stepA, 8StepB and 8StepC fonts are extension of simsun font that cover the main, ext A, extB, extC, extD, extE, extF and some supplementary and private use area glyphs from Bablestone. 8StepA, 8StepB and 8StepC contained glyphs used by Simplified, Traditional and Ancient Chinese(Japan/Korean/Vietnam) respectively, The unicode ver 10.0 has released ext F in 2017 and ext G is on its way. So if you want to type the characters from those newly added characters, you can download the Common Chinese Fonts from this website and also be a subscriber so that you not only support the work of the chinese characters but also benefited from what unicode has offer so far.
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You need to log on to the computer as an Administrator to install a software. It is also a good idea to close all other programs during the installation phase.
Before you start to install the 8stepsunihan package, you must make sure your computer regional language has been set to “Chinese Traditional Array” (行表) in Chinese (Traditional Taiwan) category from the control panel.
See the picture below on the right hand side bottom box with pink highlight
General Chinese Fonts
To make full use of Unihan ver 8.0 characters set, you need 8 Steps Unihan simsun fonts to display them. We provide a download of the latest Simsun ver 8 font via our Common Chinese Fonts Download 下载通用宋体. These are 8stepA for simplified Chinese users, 8stepB (MingLiu) for Traditional Chinese users, 8StepC(古汉) for Ancient Chinese users. 8 Steps Unihan Advanced package provides Chinese calligraphy fonts which would allow you to display the character vertical. We may provide 金文体later (targeted in 2017).
Obtain the Installation File
Having set up your regional language settings and download Unihan fonts you are now ready to download and install the installation files. A free trial version is available from our “Introductory Trial of 8StepsUnihan Package” page. To obtain downloads of advanced packages you need to establish an account and visit your download page there.
The installation program may request permission to “Make Change to your computer” . This is quite normal. You will be offered a choice of languages for installer instructions. You will be required to agree to the license conditions . The default setting are generally work well.
At the end of the installation, a program will run and request confirmation to enable changes to the standard text array. “To provide eight steps functionality we have to make changes to your computer replacing the standard chinese text array.”
If you do not wish for this to happen then you will not be able to use the keyboard to enter the 8 Steps Unihan full characters set.
It is a good idea to to let the computer restart after completing the installation.
It is very easy to select between the chinese and english fonts by tapping the shift key on your keyboard.