As far as I know, for one glyth (ex.: 御) there many variant forms.

Some sources list 䘖䘘禦 as variants, others say that all of the glyths in string 御䘖䘘䢩禦衘馭𠉳𠨙𡕺𢓦𢕜𢖋𤀝𧗨𧗪𨝈 are variants of 御.

Is there a reliable source where I can find all (or most of) the variants for a given glyth. I need only CHARS, that is those you can type with in modern PC.

  • If you were to learn these variants of characters, I would suggest not, since no one is using these variants in the modern days and even a native speaker have little knowledge of them. If you were just curious, then go ahead and have fun!
    – zyy
    Aug 8, 2018 at 14:50
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    No, I need them for the app. User inputs a glyth and receives some info. Problem is user can input any variant of a given glyth and I need to know them all. Well, those you can type at least (unicode codepoints).
    – coobit
    Aug 8, 2018 at 16:36
  • Unicode.org release a version at about June every year, Chinese glyphs covered too, its Unihan data in xml can be extracted with a program, then you can list all variants by SQL. unicode.org/cgi-bin/GetUnihanData.pl?codepoint=御 Aug 10, 2018 at 1:33
  • I hope that you have a detailed understanding of what variant actually means. Just with the example you posted, 御 is a variant of both 馭 and 禦, but 馭 is definitely not a variant of 禦.
    – dROOOze
    Aug 10, 2018 at 3:38
  • I suspected that. :( But, well.. is there a way for machine to undestand this? I guess not. So, in my app they will have to be variants of each over :(
    – coobit
    Aug 10, 2018 at 8:28

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i would use 教育部異體字字典:


it's authoritative, and most comprehensive.

eg 御 (u+5fa1), it listed 37 variants :)


have fun :)

  • This is .... intimidating at least. Too much variants. Thanks for the link, but it doesn't list those glyth as chars (unicode characters) instead it show them as images.
    – coobit
    Aug 8, 2018 at 13:38
  • @coobit; A lot of these glyph variants don't even have Unicode codepoints, and a lot of fonts cannot display them anyway.
    – Michaelyus
    Aug 8, 2018 at 13:57
  • Yes, I know. So I need to stick to all codable glyths... I need this for the software I'm working on.
    – coobit
    Aug 8, 2018 at 14:03
  • @coobit, an app for variants? may i say, it's a mission impossible, if not extremely difficult. as the example 御 shown, some variants do not yet have a unicode code point. this situation might change gradually, into the supplementary ideographic plane. secondarily, you need a font that mapped glyph to code point. the arial unicode ms has 50000+, the noto has 65000+; which is inadequate for displaying all variants. Aug 9, 2018 at 0:41
  • Of course it's not about variants. I need only those variants which are already coded into unicode. I know what you are talking about. Thanks for advise :)
    – coobit
    Aug 9, 2018 at 5:55

I've found even more unicode variants for 御


Well, that sucks!

source: http://tls.uni-hd.de/main/basic_ch_char.lasso That's a pretty thorough DataBase, I must admit.

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