Chinese Character Etymology and Script Styles 甲骨,金文,篆書,隸書,行書,草書,楷書,楷軆,宋體,…

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Here's the basic history of character forms.

YearName.Sample
≈1300 BCE甲骨文
Oracle bone script
chinese oracle bone Zhou inscription
≈1000 BCE金文
Chinese bronze inscriptions
chinese bronze inscription-song4 ding3
400 BCE篆(zhuàn)書
Seal script
chinese seal script
200 BCE隸(lì)書
Clerical script
chinese clerical script
200 BCE行書
Semi-cursive script
chinese semi-cursive script
200 BCE草書
Cursive script
chinese cursive script
200 CE楷(kǎi)書
Regular script
chinese regular script
200 CE繁軆字
Traditional Chinese characters
1956 CE簡軆字
Simplified Chinese characters
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The above are about Chinese script's history. A “script” is a system/style of writing. Script is not about font/typeface. Font and typeface are related to printing.

Also note, there are 2 distinct concepts:

For example, both traditional/simplified Chinese characters can be written in several styles. ⁖ cursive, regular. And a subset of the characters exist in Bronze Script (甲骨文) or Seal Script (金文).

Though, the 2 concepts are tied together. For example, Oracle Bone Script and Bronze Script are both about style and about actual character forms.

What are Chinese serif and sans-selif Font Names

Chinese typefaces Kai  Ming  sans-serif
Chinese typefaces, from top to bottom: Kai, Ming, sans-serif. «你的黃花滿地傷»

For detail, see: What are Chinese serif and sans-selif Font Names.

For font comparison, see: Chinese Fonts Comparison; 中文字體比較.

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