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prushik 04-22-2010 11:16 AM

Switching Keymaps
 
So, here's my dilemma. I met this great girl in Taiwan, and her English isn't all that great. So, if shes willing to go out with me, I could very well be trying to learn Chinese very soon. Also, it might be good to know anyway since I spend so much time here. So, eventually it would be nice to be able to type in Chinese too. I do happen to own a Chinese keyboard, but since I only speak English now, I have everything set up that way. I would like to know how to change my keymap to Chinese, and since I don't want to type in Chinese all the time, I need to be able to switch back too.
For the record, I am running MoonOS.

I checked the repositories for software to do this for me, but I couldn't find anything really helpful. I also tried searching google, but I just don't know what to look for really. but you guys here at linuxquestions usually know what you are talking about.

David the H. 04-23-2010 05:19 AM

Chinese is generally too complicated for a simple keymap. What you really need is a full IME (Input Method Editor). IME's let you use your regular keyboard to input complex languages, especially CJK.

Check out SCIM, UIM, or the new ibus IME frameworks. You'll also have to install a proper backend for the language you want. Probably something like ibus-chewing, but I'm not sure which one is suitable for Taiwanese.

This page has a good basic rundown on Linux text support.
http://www.jw-stumpel.nl/stestu.html


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