Traditional Chinese characters are Chinese characters in any character set which doesn’t include new characters or character substitutions carried out after1946. They’re in most cases the characters in the standardized character sets of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau .
The current forms of traditional Chinese characters initially appeared with the introduction of the clerical script throughout the Han Dynasty , and have been pretty much stable after the Fifth century (during the Northern and Southern Dynasties.)
The retronym traditional Chinese is utilized to compare traditional characters with Simplified Chinese characters, a standardized character set created by the authorities of the People’s Republic of China in the 50s. It is presently utilized in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau ; and also in Overseas Chinese communities beyond the borders of Southeast Asia.
On the other hand, Simplified Chinese characters are utilized in Singapore and Malaysia and mainland China in formal publications. On the other hand, various nations – like the Uited State, Australia and Canada – are increasing their quantity of printed content in Simplified Chinese, to cater to citizens from mainland China.
The debate on simplified and traditional Chinese characters has become a long-running matter among Chinese communities. At present, a lot of overseas Chinese on-line newspapers permit users to switch in between the two character sets.