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The best place to start is with the Wikipedia entry on stroke order. It lists these guidelines, along with more detail and some nice animated examples: Write from top to bottom, and left to right. Horizontal before vertical Diagonals right-to-left before diagonals left-to-right Center before outside in vertically symmetrical characters ...

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I could think of some reasons why the stroke order is important. In modern times, especially in the digital times, there should be a standard of the stroke order, so that when people input characters with "stroke order" method, it's useful to program the input method consistently. We have some general rules of the stroke order, such as "from up to down, ...

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The stroke order is important, yes. The main reason that explains why the stroke order is so important is that the it helps to write the character correctly, with better speed and in an easier way. Pick a character, and try to write it with the official stroke order, and then with another one: you'll find out that in the second case it will be sometimes ...

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The single most important reason for stroke order being adhered to is probably the handwriting problem: Imagine, if you will, someone writing an english text in cursive, consistently crossing the t's and dotting the i's before writing the stems; and making it part of the flow of the line. Now imagine that same scenario, only with each character having ...

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No fonts do, just sites with pictures or animations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:-bw.png#file Instructions: Past the address in your browser bar, then write a character between "File:" and "-bw", like this "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:你-bw.png#file". It will show you the character's stroke order, not animated, but very clear. ...

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As @deutschZuid mentioned in his comment, the component in 乘 that you mention is technically not its radical. The "radical" refers specifically to which component the character is classified under in dictionaries, which in this case is 丿. But anyway, to answer your question, the 丬 component in 妆 and 装 and the component that looks like that in 乘 have ...

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About this question, you can consult Guobao Wang's summary: 1.只有横折钩类与撇相遇：先写横折钩，例刀、力、万 、方、乃、杨。 2.其他横折类与撇相遇：都先写撇，例如及（横折折撇 ），几（横折弯），九（横斜钩）、匕（竖折弯）。 translate into English: 1.Only when uppermost and rightmost lines with a left hook cross with right-to-left diagonals(ノ): uppermost and rightmost lines with a left hook is written first. For example: ...

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I believe for 印 the 1st one is correct. 氏 is written in this order: . The first 3 strokes are exactly same as those first 3 stroks in 印. Consider the following characters: 卯, 留，齊(齐). We finish this part first, , then add the next strokes, which are 丿, 丶, and ㇏ respectively. But if you make the font of 印 like this, the 2nd order in your question is correct. ...

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MDBG has stroke animations for all the characters, and highlights the radical, but I don't think you can print it out. That said, it's available online, for free, so it gets points for accessibility.

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I just started a project to make such a font. You can find it here: http://rtega.be/chmn/index.php?subpage=68

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My teacher says there are two main reasons for stroke order: Depending on the stroke order, the character will look one way or another. This is mainly a matter of style from times when writing was made exclusively with paint brushes. Now in the era of computers, stroke order is definitely not important for writing. As it's been said, for systems that ...

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As a matter of fact, stroke direction changes don't happen that much. In this particular case,舌(she2) is borrowed only for sound in the character 舍(she4), which means house (there is a roof radical on top). In Chinese, around 80% of the characters are the composition of picture + sound (because there are not that many pictographs to represent everything, ...

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I think you are making something wrong. In Chinese characters, there are many different kinds of strokes 横（一）、竖（丨）、撇（丿）、点（丶）、捺（㇏）、折（亅）. Directions are only one of the differences. If you only cares about its directions, you cannot write the strokes properly. In the ancient China, people use ink brushes instead of pens or pencils, and ink brushes are more ...

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The order of strokes affects the "evolution" of the character when writing in high speed. In high speed the character shape shifts and one can often recognize the character even after extreme deformation because the general flow of the character is there. But if the stroke orders are changed, the deformation doesn't conform to the expected shape and it may ...

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Chinese characters can be broken up into a number of categories, only one of which are pictograms like you described. 象形字, or pictograms, are simple characters like 日, 山, 口 that are visual representations of the words that they mean. 指事字, or simple ideograms, are simple characters like 上 and 下 which are visual representations of more abstract concepts, ...

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There is a website called 汉典. It is a dedicated Chinese character dictionary, and now has animated stroke order. It is (almost) all Chinese though.

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As far as I know, there isn't any Chinese font with stroke order. But Japanese has: http://www.nihilist.org.uk, https://sites.google.com/site/nihilistorguk/. And I have to remind you, even one character is the same in Chinese and Japanese, its stroke order may be different.

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You can reference 《现代汉语通用字笔顺规范》 published by the Ministry of Education of PRC, which includes the stroke order of over 7000 daily used simplified Chinese characters. If you want to find some traditional Chinese stroke order resources, check this

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You can look in zhongwen.com for character analysis. I've heard they may not always agree with other experts, but I like it. Just click search and put the pinyin in the box, it gives you a break down of most characters. The 'logic' may be lost in history!

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There are general guidelines listed in the Stroke order article at Wikipedia. Even still, there are varying standards (also noted by that same article) on what is considered the "correct" stroke order. The article goes into further detail on some of the differences, but practically speaking, the guidelines should generally serve you well.

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According to the Wikipedia article on stroke order there is disagreement as you have already mentioned. Wikipedia sites the following text: 现代汉语通用字笔顺规范 (PRC-China modern Chinese commonly used characters standard stroke orders), Beijing: 语文出版社 (Language and Literature Press), 1997, pp. 453, ISBN 7801262018, retrieved 2010-09-02 (Authoritative) As the ...

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Stroke order is important, but the rigid insistence on a single correct stroke order appears to be a product of modern universal education. The Japanese and Chinese have actually standardised different stroke orders for some characters (e.g., 必).

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