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Python module that identifies Chinese text as Simplified or Traditional.

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Hanzi Identifier is a simple Python module that identifies a string of text as having Simplified or Traditional characters.


Easy-to-use helper functions for identifying strings:

>>> import hanzidentifier
>>> hanzidentifier.has_chinese('Hello my name is John.')
>>> hanzidentifier.is_simplified('John说:你好!')
>>> hanzidentifier.is_traditional('John說:你好!')
>>> hanzidentifier.has_chinese('Country in Simplified: 国家. Country in Traditional: 國家.')

Here it is without the helper functions:

>>> hanzidentifier.identify('Hello my name is Thomas.') is hanzidentifier.UNKNOWN
>>> hanzidentifier.identify('Thomas 说:你好!') is hanzidentifier.SIMPLIFIED
>>> hanzidentifier.identify('Thomas 說:你好!') is hanzidentifier.TRADITIONAL
>>> hanzidentifier.identify('你好!') is hanzidentifier.BOTH
>>> hanzidentifier.identify('Country in Simplified: 国家. Country in Traditional: 國家.' ) is hanzidentifier.MIXED

hanzidentifier.identify has five possible return values:

  • hanzidentifier.UNKNOWN: there are no recognized Chinese characters in the string.

  • hanzidentifier.BOTH: the string is compatible with both Simplified and Traditional character systems.

  • hanzidentifier.TRADITIONAL: the string consists of Traditional characters.

  • hanzidentifier.SIMPLIFIED: the string consists of Simplified characters.

  • hanzidentifier.MIXED: the string consists of characters recognized solely as Traditional characters and also consists of characters recognized solely as Simplified characters.

Characters that aren’t found in CC-CEDICT are ignored when determining a string’s identity. Hanzi Identifier uses the CC-CEDICT data provided by Zhon to identify Chinese characters.

Because the Traditional and Simplified Chinese character systems overlap, a string containing Simplified characters could identify as hanzidentifer.SIMPLIFIED or hanzidentifier.BOTH depending on if the characters are also Traditional characters.

Hanzi Identifier’s functions accept and return unicode.

Getting Started

Change Log

v1.0.2 (2015-08-06)

  • New README format

  • Adds Travis CI support

  • Uses in Fixes #1.

v1.0.1 (2014-04-14)

  • Fixes URL typo.

v1.0 (2014-04-12)

Version 1.0 merges some changes from Dragon Mapper. It is not backwards compatible with the previous versions of Hanzi Identifier (e.g. some of the constants are named differently).

v0.1 (2013-04-24)

  • Initial release.

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