Is enter image description here the traditional character for http://screenshoot.me/XeEw1S?

Or are both enter image description here and http://screenshoot.me/XeEw1S considered the same character (汉字) with simply different font styles?

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These are 2 different fonts for the same character. There are many website to check that, see this post for an overview.

For example on chineseetymology.org and chinese-characters.org you can see that the simplified and traditional characters are identical (the former website explicitely writes: no simplification).

Having said this. Although they are considered to be the same character, people in different regions/countries have habits and the most common way to write something might be different and people might consider some variants as being wrong. This can be seen in the picture below (source zdic.net):

雪in different countries

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    But surely if you in mainland china, and you write 雪 with the tail sticking out, that will be considered wrong by the standards over there right?
    – Pacerier
    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:21
  • Yes, most people would consider it wrong.
    – BertR
    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:25
  • hmm, then how can we still say that they are the same 汉字?
    – Pacerier
    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:54
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    @Pacerier. I consider they are the same character(not the same shape) since they are only different in fonts. They are differnt in the shape not because they are in traditional or simplified form,but because differnt standard forms are adopted. The difference has nothing to do the simplification.
    – Huang
    Feb 22, 2013 at 15:22
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    @Pacerier They're 異體字, so they are the same... Feb 23, 2013 at 5:00

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