Saturday, October 4, 2008

Surname stroke order

The Surname Stroke Order arose as an impartial method of categorization in the order on which names appear in official documentation or in ceremonial procedure without any line of hierarchy. It is similar to an alphabetical order of names, but in Chinese this is impractical as the Chinese written language lacks an alphabetical structure, and the general populace does not rely on the pinyin Romanization, from which some order schemes have developed. In official setting, the number of strokes in a person's determines where a person should be placed and the list order. Surnames "" and "" for example, are simple surnames that usually appear on the front of lists, while surnames such as "" and "" appear on the bottom of lists.

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