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Old 07-13-2018, 05:16 AM   #1
fargris
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Typesetting pinyin tonemarks in fcitx?


I'm using fcitx to enter Chinese characters - this works fine. However, in the past, when I used SCIM, I could also write pinyin - that is, Romanized Chinese with tonemarks, which I now have a need to do again - but I can't find an input method for this in fcitx. Is this no longer possible?

It ought to be possible still - in fact, I think it is probably more important now than in the past, since an increasing number of Westerners are learning Chinese, and there have a motivation for using such a facility.
 
Old 07-13-2018, 07:20 AM   #2
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I'm using fcitx to enter Chinese characters - this works fine. However, in the past, when I used SCIM, I could also write pinyin - that is, Romanized Chinese with tonemarks, which I now have a need to do again - but I can't find an input method for this in fcitx. Is this no longer possible? It ought to be possible still - in fact, I think it is probably more important now than in the past, since an increasing number of Westerners are learning Chinese, and there have a motivation for using such a facility.
Not sure what distro you're using, but their own web page says it supports pinyin.
https://fcitx-im.org/wiki/Fcitx

...but what I could find on SCIM indicates it hasn't been updated in some time (at least on Github), but there appears to be a recent package for Ubuntu. I don't use such things, but have heard about a package called Rime, that may do what you're after.
https://rime.im/

There may also be fcitx add-ons to allow tonal marks, such as "fcitx-m17n". Check your repositories for them.
 
Old 07-13-2018, 08:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply, TB0ne. I use Debian, and it does in fact have the fcitx-m17n package, in which I see a method called 'Pinyin Symbol (M17N)'. After installing it, restarting the desktop, clicking 'Enable deprecated Input method' and a final bit of experimenting, it works: wǒdedědě and so on. The package notes in Synaptic are appaling and don't mention this, and there seems to be no explanations about how to use it, but it turns out that when this method is active, and you type a vowel, it (the vowel) is highlighted - typing 1, 2, 3 or 4 then gives you the corresponding tone mark.
 
Old 07-13-2018, 10:26 AM   #4
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If you enable a Compose key — the Windows Menu key is a convenient choice — then you have a similar facility:
Compose - a = ā
Compose ' a = á
Compose c a = ǎ
Compose ` a = ŕ
 
  


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