Chinese Input

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joshgoh
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Chinese Input

Post by joshgoh » 2006/04/26 19:02:19

Does anyone know, if I've already installed CentOS, how I can add on the Chinese language input option and use it?

JG

centos_77
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Re: Chinese Input

Post by centos_77 » 2006/04/26 23:21:44

I just got Chinese input (simplified) to work on CentOS 4.3. The most important thing is that you have to run in Gnome desktop, KDE does not work.

- At your log in screen, select Gnome as your session. Session selection is at the bottom right corner.
- Right click on the top bar and select "Add to Panel ...", and select "InputMethod Switcher"
- A white box should display, click on that and select "Add or Remove..."
- A selection dialog should display that allow you to select any language input you want to use
- You can use gedit to test the chinese. Start gedit and select 中文 from the white box in the top bar and start pyinging.

Hope this works for you!

joshgoh
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Re: Chinese Input

Post by joshgoh » 2006/04/27 14:36:09

Hmmm...I am using Gnome desktop. After clicking Add to panel, I do not see any option that says InputMethod Switcher. Do I need to install additional files?

centos_77
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Re: Chinese Input

Post by centos_77 » 2006/04/27 16:57:17

See if the yum group "Chinese Support" is installed.

yum groupinfo "Chinese Support".

If not installed, then use yum to install it:

yum groupinstall "Chinese Support"

I haven't tried this so I don't know if it will work because I installed everything by default. Note, "Chinese Support" is a hidden group so normal "yum grouplist" does not show it.

Good luck.

joshgoh
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Re: Chinese Input

Post by joshgoh » 2006/04/27 22:59:50

Getting somewhere. I yum installed it. And I now see a button in my System Settings menu for "input method switcher". But when I select it, it says "there are no input method installed on your system. Please install it and restart this tool again."

centos_77
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Re: Chinese Input

Post by centos_77 » 2006/04/27 23:26:30

If you run "yum groupinfo 'Chinese Support'", you should get:

Group: Chinese Support
Mandatory Packages:
ttfonts-zh_CN
taipeifonts
ttfonts-zh_TW
Default Packages:
bg5ps
iiimf-server
iiimf-docs
ttfprint
iiimf-le-chinput
convmv
system-switch-im
iiimf-le-xcin
Optional Packages
kde-i18n-Chinese
iiimf-gnome-im-switcher
kde-i18n-Chinese-Big5
iiimf-x
miniChinput
xcin
iiimf-gtk

You can try to install the Optional Packages if they're not installed already.

joshgoh
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Re: Chinese Input

Post by joshgoh » 2006/04/28 21:32:50

Well, this is what I get, which is the same as what you described...it still doesn't work...

Group: Chinese Support
Mandatory Packages:
ttfonts-zh_CN
taipeifonts
ttfonts-zh_TW
Default Packages:
bg5ps
iiimf-server
iiimf-docs
ttfprint
iiimf-le-chinput
convmv
system-switch-im
iiimf-le-xcin
Optional Packages
kde-i18n-Chinese
iiimf-gnome-im-switcher
kde-i18n-Chinese-Big5
iiimf-x
miniChinput
xcin
iiimf-gtk

joshgoh
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Re: Chinese Input

Post by joshgoh » 2006/04/28 22:57:09

Good news...I realized I hadn't installed the optional packages.

I've done it by yum installing the various packages.

Now I have the Gnome Input Method Switcher added to my panel, but there are no available languages...

centos_77
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Re: Chinese Input

Post by centos_77 » 2006/04/28 23:52:15

The language engines (LE) for Chinese are:

iiimf-le-chinput
iiimf-le-xcin

If you have them installed, then they should be available in the switcher's "Add or Remove".

What do you see when you go to Applications -> System Settings -> Input Method Switcher? Do you see any languages there?

You can also try installing miniChinput and xcin. I am not sure if they will help.

centos_77
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Re: Chinese Input

Post by centos_77 » 2006/04/28 23:53:50

This fedora faq page may be helpful:

http://fedora.redhat.com/projects/i18n/iiimf-faq.html

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