Chinese manual of style
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RaffaellaG  Identity Verified
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Dec 31, 2007

Do you know of any existing Chinese manual of style stating the rules to follow for printing matters lay out ? I mean something like the Chicago manual of style for English.
In any case, could you give your advise/idea on the followings:
1. Paragraph beginning has to be indented? do we still need to leave 2 blank spaces at the beginning or is that an old fashion?
2. Between paragraphs: do we need to leave a blank line in between every paragraph?
3. Quotes: how do you quote text from other sources: in between quotation marks, on separate indented paragraph or whatever?
4. Bibliography: how do you write a bibliography in chinese?
a) Date, author, title, publisher
b) Author, title, publisher, date
c) something else?
Any other suggestion related to existing printing rules will be much appreciated
Whishing you all a very happy New Year
Thanks
Raffaella


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Wenjer Leuschel  Identity Verified
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Just for your reference Dec 31, 2007

Hi Raffaela,

Here are some links for Chinese layout styles:

http://www.google.de/search?hl=de&q="中文体例"&meta=

http://www.google.de/search?hl=de&q="印刷体例"&btnG=Suche&meta=


To your questions:

1. Paragraph beginning has to be indented? do we still need to leave 2 blank spaces at the beginning or is that an old fashion?

The practice still prevails in official documents.

2. Between paragraphs: do we need to leave a blank line in between every paragraph?

The practice still prevails in official documents.

3. Quotes: how do you quote text from other sources: in between quotation marks, on separate indented paragraph or whatever?

It depends on the bulk of the quoted text. However, indented paragraphs still prevail in official documents, unless it is just a quote of a few consecutive sentences.

4. Bibliography: how do you write a bibliography in chinese?
a) Date, author, title, publisher
b) Author, title, publisher, date
c) something else?

Yes, we do write a bibilography in Chinese. You can find some examples in the following link:

http://www.google.de/search?hl=de&q="中文体例",%20"参考书目"&meta=

I wish you a smooth running into a prosperous 2008!


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Jing Nie
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my suggestion Dec 31, 2007

Hi Raffaela,

Do you know of any existing Chinese manual of style stating the rules to follow for printing matters lay out ? I mean something like the Chicago manual of style for English.

A: I do not know any Chinese manual like chicago manual of style.
You may refer to
http://www.google.cn/search?hl=zh-CN&newwindow=1&q=投稿格式要求&btnG=Google%20搜索&meta=
It 's the requirement of style for Papers.


In any case, could you give your advise/idea on the followings:
1. Paragraph beginning has to be indented? do we still need to leave 2 blank spaces at the beginning or is that an old fashion?
A: We always levave 2 blank spaces unless it have sequence number at the beginning of the sentence.

2. Between paragraphs: do we need to leave a blank line in between every paragraph?
A: Not always.

3. Quotes: how do you quote text from other sources: in between quotation marks, on separate indented paragraph or whatever?
A: It depends.

4. Bibliography: how do you write a bibliography in chinese?
a) Date, author, title, publisher
b) Author, title, publisher, date
c) something else?
A: b(Author, title, publisher, date ) is the common way.


I suggest you read similiar books/papers and copy their styles.


Happy New Year!


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jyuan_us  Identity Verified
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Mostly agreed Dec 31, 2007

Jing Nie wrote:



2. Between paragraphs: do we need to leave a blank line in between every paragraph?
A: Not always.




Mostly agreed. For #2, officially there is NEVER a line space in between 2 paragraphs.


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wherestip  Identity Verified
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Chinese Publishing Guidelines Dec 31, 2007

Raffaella,

I found these publishing guidelines that seem pretty comprehensive. It's definitely more than I would ever want to know.

Hope you can find some of it useful.


http://www.cnpcd.com/caseandexample/InDsignCase/caseandexample_924.html


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lbone  Identity Verified
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my understanding Jan 1, 2008

1. Paragraph beginning has to be indented? do we still need to leave 2 blank spaces at the beginning or is that an old fashion?

Usually indented in standard articles, but often not indented in manuals/web pages/special materials. Most people I know actually do not use these spaces at all.

2. Between paragraphs: do we need to leave a blank line in between every paragraph?

It is not a practice in Chinese. But it does not hurt to leave a line there. I often keep lines in my translations for PM to make the final decisions.

These guidelines were formed in the age without computer. In e-publishing, layout is mostly decided by artists (DTP experts).

These guidelines are fading off.


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