[linux] Japanese input for FireFox on Fedora

dougmc at u.washington.edu dougmc at u.washington.edu
Thu Dec 9 13:13:17 PST 2004

Hm, somehow that page didn't pull up on my browser, but now that I can look at it, yes, you're right. (Kudos on the Japanese by the way, though sadly, I can't read all that well)

It does look pretty easy, and since I have the parts in place already, I will give it a shot. Failing that, I still want to look at using scim and maybe even give TurboLinux or Mandrake a whirl. :)

Doug McLean
CSS Systems Administrator
University of Washington, Bothell

Meanwhile, in Gotham, Garrett Cooper wrote:

> kinput2 isn't that bad to setup as long as you use the

> http://katzbrown.com/shiritsu/unix%20help/japanese%20on%20kde/ instructions

> for how to setup kinput2. Otherwise yes, setting up kinput2 the other way is

> a pain in the butt literally >.<. The katz brown method just requires

> installing kinput2/canna, starting up canna at runtime, and then adding a

> few lines to your .xinitrc. It's sure a lot less painless than the other

> directions that people have given for other distros.

> If you use that method, before long your wife will be typing Ä„F?n

> KRg?chꊃ??g?嬞g?kjc_ to her friends =).

> -Garrett


> ----- Original Message -----

> From: <dougmc at u.washington.edu>

> To: "Linux/Unix Users Group at the UW" <linux at u.washington.edu>

> Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 11:56 AM

> Subject: Re: [linux] Japanese input for FireFox on Fedora



>> 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.


>> Thanks!


>> Doug McLean

>> CSS Systems Administrator

>> University of Washington, Bothell

>> http://staff.washington.edu/dougmc/pgp.html


>> 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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