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Windows 3.2 (Chinese Windows)|
I am not certain how or why this version got the number "3.2". Internally
(to programs such as MSD) it identifies itself as "Windows 3.1" but on
all visible text and documentation the version number is "3.2".
This version is a Chinese translation of Windows 3.1 and, except for
what appears to be some font related stuff, includes only what Windows
3.1 has. Still, it is somewhat interesting and deserves some screen shots.
As far as I can tell there was never a "Windows 3.2" in any other language,
and I can not find much information about this version. Normally
version names / numbers of Windows are the same for alternate languages.
For example there are many other language versions of Windows 3.1 and there
is currently a Chinese version of Windows XP.
This version of Windows is not to be confused with "WIN32" (win thirty-two),
the API set used by Windows 95/NT or the WIN32 API subset add-on for Windows
The "Windows 3.2" boot screen.
The Windows 3.2 about box.
Normal Windows applications can usually be converted to other languages
without even having to touch the applications source code or re-compiling.
Text strings, graphics, icons, cursors, and dialog boxes are normally stored
in "resources" in the executable that can be edited using a "resource editor"
(macintosh applications are also like this). Early versions of Windows
were limited to 8-bit ascii characters with enough international characters
to use languages with similar alphabets such as spanish or french. Newer
versions of Windows use a more extensible text format called Unicode.
As this picture shows Windows 3.2 comes with all the utilities that
that Windows 3.1 has, plus a couple of font related utilities.
With few exceptions all text in the applications and documentation have
been translated to "simplified Chinese".
Similarly it has all the same control panel items although a couple
of the icons are different.
Oh, yes it has mine sweeper too.
All help files have been translated. Note that in the menus it still
uses english keyboard shortcuts.
English programs have no problem running under this version of Windows
as this example shows.
This kind of demonstrates how important text is to graphical applications.
Unless you can read Chinese you would have a very hard time figuring out
what all this stuff does.
Here is what it does: it's the marquee screen saver.
This is a font editor used for adding new Chinese characters to the
existing fonts. Any added characters, however, can only be used on the
In Windows 3.2 users can hit multiple keys on a "QWERTY" style keyboard
to generate a large possible number of Chinese characters. There are several
layout standards for this, and this utility lets the user customize the
Exiting windows 3.2.