KanjiVG currently focus ONLY on the Japanese stroke order. This despite the fact that Taiwan, PRC, and HK stroke order is different for a some components/characters. As a free project, Kanjivg long term strategy include extension to non-Japanese policies.

Multi-countries approach

The need is, yes, to focus on Japanese stroke order first. This Japanese set will create the core of the multi-countries approach.

Then, if for a given country out of Japan, there is an official statement for:

  • a different shapes
  • a different stroke order

Then a new page should/vectorial description should be create.

By example:

  • Kanji / Japanese: = H-S-H-H
  • China: = H-H-S-H
  • Taiwan: = China

This DIFFERENCE request the creation of ONE file, which *may* *be* *named* ">KanjiC" (KanjiC for China).

Taiwan will use Taiwan file , if no available then use China file , if no available then use Japan file .

Hongkong ? <more like Taiwan? China?>

Conventions (Beta)

Commons SOP

Multi-countries approach on Wikimedia Commons' Stroke Order Project use the following prefixes:

  • J - stand for Japanese 'official' stroke order
  • T - stand for Taiwanese (ROC) official stroke order
  • (nothing) or M or C - stand for Modern China (PRC)
  • H - may stand for Hongkong
  • K - may stand for Korea
  • S - may stand for Singapour

J (Japan), T (ROC), M (PRC), H (Hongkong) have official or semi official standards (see below) K (Korea), S (Singapour), have no official stroke order standard.

Kanji multi-countries approach

A new naming convention may be need to fit Kanjivg's needs.


Code Country Official sources
tw (Stroke order 14 rules), by the Taiwan Ministry of Education. Book available online (authoritative work). ISBN 957-00-7082-X
cn , 453pages, 1997, editeur: , ISBN:7801262018 (Authoritative)
びき jp びき (Hitsujun shidō no tebiki), 1958. (Authoritative from 1958 to 1977)
Note: nowadays, the Japanese Ministry of Education let editors set freely a character's stroke order, which all should « follow commonsensical orders which are widely accepted in the society ».
hk - stroke orders following the Hong Kong Department of Education's List of Commonly Used Characters