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Old 03-10-2007, 04:59 PM   #1
Registered: Aug 2005
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Looking for good how-to on bi-lingual computer installation

I need to setup a computer for someone who uses English and Mandarin. The applications should all appear with English locales, but there should be an easy way to toggle between English, Chinese, and pinyin input.

I have installed SCIM, but using this is very complicated. One has to open a terminal, type scim, then find the application they want to type in, right-click on a text input box, select SCIM, then go to the SCIM icon on the taskbar, select the Chinese, then go back to the text box. All that just to type! I cannot believe that it must be so complicated for bi-lingual users. There must be just a toggle button I can put on the panel so that it switches between the two languages on a mouse-click and one can type using SCIM into any application with ease. I would have thought that there would be some option, while installing Ubuntu, to choose two languages to use, and then they are both setup for easy use, out-of-the-box.
Old 03-10-2007, 06:19 PM   #2
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I'd like to know too. I'm running Ubuntu and am not sure how to get it to take input in Japanese. I installed Japanese as another language in its Languages preferences, but never had the time to find how to get it functioning.
Old 04-07-2007, 03:19 AM   #3
Registered: Jan 2007
Distribution: Ubuntu
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Finally... I have figured it out...

I dont know what distro youre using, but in Ubuntu there is a nice little SCIM toolbar that allows you to easily switch, which is activated with the key command ctrl+space.

If anyone is having difficulties setting up a CJK language, I can probably help them now. ^^


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