WE are publishing a newsletter and now want to do so using desktop publishing. It will be bilingual, with both English and Chinese text. We have PCs with Windows 3.1 and Pagemaker 4.0 already. And we have an Epson LQ-510 and a Canon BJ-200. I expect to buy additional software and printers as required. To do a good job in preparing a Chinese/English publication, what combination of software, hardware and printer should I buy? Can I do it all in the PC domain, of which I am familiar, or is there such a substantial advantage to using a Macintosh to meritthe investment in additional cost and learning time? FRED WAHL Central If you are used to PCs and have already invested in them substantially, stay with them. Macs are wonderful for magazine publishing (most publishing, actually) and are marvellous with graphics, too. But PCs and the software available for them is now almost as good. First of all, an LQ-510 and a Canon BJ-200 are slightly under-powered to serve as good desktop publishing (DTP) aids. A good laser printer would be a worthwhile investment, as would a flatbed scanner - colour, if you can afford it. Windows 3.1 and PageMaker 4.0 are good enough for most magazines (PageMaker 5.0 is out now and I'm personally quite impressed by it). You should, however, also invest in a graphics package such as Adobe Illustrator or Aldus FreeHand, and get yourself a good set of fonts to play with. Since you plan to make your newsletter bilingual, you will need the Chinese versions of the programs you are using, and these, in turn, require the use of Chinese Windows. Another worth considering is the latest version of Lotus AmiPro in Chinese. It is excellent for Chinese word processing (I presume you already use a decent English word processor). Publishing a bilingual magazine can be tricky as more often than not you have to work on the English and Chinese text independently and then merge them later. It is the merging process that can complicate matters, depending on the format of your newsletter. One hint: check whether your output centre uses the same programs as you and that it has access to the same fonts you choose. What you see is not always what you can end up getting, if you're not careful, especially with bilingual publications. Another hint: ensure that your output centre uses PCs, and not just Macs. You don't want them taking a PC file and importing it on to a Mac before outputting it. What you see can be even less like what you get if this happens. I AM a constant user of CompuServe and I would like to find out whether there is something equivalent to the Executive News Service in Hong Kong. Or even simply an electronic on-line version of the SCMP, and possibly other local publications. For example, I would like to be able to search for information regarding a company's local activities within the past year. In addition, would there be any on-line Yellow Pages or telephone directory? That way, I can easily search for all Japanese restaurants in Causeway Bay, for example. ROY LEE Hong Kong There isn't exactly a CompuServe Executive News Service-like set-up in Hong Kong, but Reuters has recently started the Reuter Business Briefing, which is somewhat similar and carries South China Morning Post articles, for one. For details, telephone 843-6573. In addition, the full text of all locally generated stories from the SCMP is available on-line on a number of database hosts. The two leading sources are Dialog and Mead - the operator of the Lexis/Nexis on-line services - as well as on the Dow Jones on-line service. Both the former databases carry SCMP articles dating to January last year. To access these stories, however, you have to subscribe to either Dialog or Mead. For subscription details, contact Dialog on 868-0877 (phone) or 810-5861 (fax), or Mead on 530-2109 (phone) or 530-2024 (fax). Dialog users will find the SCMP data in File 726. Mead users will find the files under the heading SCHINA in the ASIAPC, NEXIS, and WORLD ''libraries''. The November issue of The Dataphile will feature a ''focus'' section on media services available electronically in Hong Kong and around the world.