Hello everyone, I've been studying Kanji for quite a lot of time now, however I've noticed a lot of changes being made during the last 2 years. At least this is what I see in the electronic representations of kanji, not in handwritten cases. I'll start off with an example: Look at the right compound of this kanji (http://www.jisho.org/kanji/details/%E7%B5%B6) and then look at it separately in the dictionary (http://www.jisho.org/kanji/details/%E8%89%B2). Notice the difference in the top part ? The entire kanji has it as it is, while the compound itself has it a bit changed (as it has always been up untill now). There are many more examples like these. There was one in which the compound 糸 had it's bottom part drawn as 3 tears just as 魚 (though this one has 4 tears, the drawing method is the same) has at the bottom for example. This was yet another modification... Does anyone have an idea about what are the new kanji protocols used by computers ? Or at least a certain list containing all modifications made throughout the last few years ? It would be wonderful if such a list containing all the changes would also have specifications whether this is applied only for electronic purposes, or if it has changed for handwriting too. Thank you, コッド
Kanji compound modifications
May 25, 2013
June 3, 2013
コッドさん、 Looking at your two examples, the kanji to the right of the compound and the kanji by itself look the same. Therefore, I'm guessing that depending on the font used in your browser (ie. Times New Roman over Arial), the Kanji may look slightly different to you. For example, one font can cause 糸 to look like the bottoms 3 marks are tears, yet it is the same kanji.
June 3, 2013
I thought about this at first, but I wasn't sure. I'm a multiple-platform user, and I've noticed these changes both in Windows and in Linux. Maybe they're just some font updates...