The images below illustrates how a number of Chinese characters have
changed over time from their earliest known pictographic forms, to the
versions used today.
The Large Seal and Small Seal scripts are still used to write names
on personal name chops, and are also occasionally used to write company
names on buildings, stationery, namecards, etc.
The Draft or cursive script (草書) is used mainly
for Chinese calligraphy. This script can be written very quickly and
uses a number of method to achieve this: omitting part of a character,
merging strokes together, replacing portions with abbreviated forms
(such as one stroke to replace four dots), or modifying stroke style.
The Simplified script (a.k.a. Simplified
Chinese), was officially adopted in the People's Republic of China in
1949 in an effort to eradicate illiteracy. It is also used in Singapore.
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