[linux] Japanese input for FireFox on Fedora

dougmc at u.washington.edu dougmc at u.washington.edu
Thu Dec 9 11:56:37 PST 2004

Thanks Garrett,

Based on those instructions, it sounds like kinput probably is more trouble than its going to be worth in this case. My wife is happy using English desktop and all that. She just wants to do Japanese email.

Scim looks like the winner so far, though I haven't been able to see any reliable information on it's use on Fedora Core 3. If I can't get that to work, I am debating on using TurboLinux and/or Mandrake.

Has anyone used TurboLinux by teh way? I have used Mandrake before albeit a long time ago, so I have a fairly good idea on it's interface.


Doug McLean
CSS Systems Administrator
University of Washington, Bothell

Meanwhile, in Gotham, Garrett Cooper wrote:

> Doug,

> I've had a lot of issues actually getting Japanese to work on Linux.

> Redhat was the closest that I ever got to running Japanese without screwing

> up my locales and making a lot of programs print out stuff in Mincho instead

> of their regular locale fonts.

> Here's what I suggest...

> If you run KDE, try kinput2. It's by far the simplest program to setup.

> There are some directions for doing this at

> http://home.nyc.rr.com/computertaijutsu/jpninpt.html, and that is by far the

> most consumate document I've come across. For simple setups go to:

> http://katzbrown.com/shiritsu/unix%20help/japanese%20on%20kde/; I'm not sure

> if this would work properly for FC3, but it worked for RH9 for me.

> I've also heard people swear by xim too for input, so if you're willing

> to try that out it's worth it too. I just haven't tried it so I can't be

> sure whether it works well or not. The gentoo forums

> (http://forums.gentoo.org/) along with the first page I listed have

> directions on how to set it up properly, although it will be different cause

> Fedora has RPMs and gentoo has emerges =\... They do take non-gentoo

> questions on occasion though, so I asked one for you:

> http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?p=1860513#1860513.

> Also, note that kinput2 uses shift space instead of alt-space to start

> the input editor unlike Windows based IME.

> -Garrett



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