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Old 03-15-2017, 05:47 PM   #1
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Trouble with Chinese fonts and inputs (Debian/Gnome 3)

I'm using Debian 8.7.1 with Gnome 3.1.14. I have an English locale, but I also need to read and write Chinese characters (preferably traditional characters with the Zhuyin input method).

When I installed Debian Jessie on a virtual machine it already had Chinese fonts and 'New Zhuyin' available as an input method, but after installing on my laptop they were not installed.

I installed:
I can read Chinese characters inside documents or in my browser, I can set the system language to Chinese, I can "switch to Chinese" with SUPER+SPACE BAR, but I can't input Chinese characters and when I download files with Chinese titles I still get filenames with Unicode codes ("%E7%A7%91.."). I guess it may be a problem with traditional/simplified characters, but I don't know how to solve it.

Also, I can't find any mention of 'New Zhuyin' on the internet, so I don't know what I should install; Synaptic has a ibus-libzhuyin package (which should be New Zhuyin) which I installed, but then I can't find it in the input methods.

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Old 03-15-2017, 10:10 PM   #2
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I tried copypasting a few Chinese characters from Firefox to gEdit, saving the file, etc. in gEdit I can see the characters.

So my problems are:
  • Firefox is saving Chinese characters as Unicode codes
  • I need to select a Chinese input method in Gnome 3
Old 03-16-2017, 12:04 PM   #3
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These pages are not a straightforward answer, but they might help.

There's nothing you can do about the file names, as far as I know, except retype them.


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