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Re: [RFC] Text Input Management System (5)

From: Kazunobu Kuriyama
Subject: Re: [RFC] Text Input Management System (5)
Date: Wed, 05 May 2004 18:58:34 +0900
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Hi, Chad,

Thank you for the information.  I appreciate it; in particular, the images
you kindly attached to your emails were very helpful for me.  (btw, how did
you create them?)

As I still have some points I want to make sure, I'd be happy if you could
give me any answers to the questions below.

Chad Hardin wrote:

On May 2, 2004, at 3:38 PM, Kazunobu Kuriyama wrote:

Chad Hardin wrote:


The only foreign language I'm familiar with is Chinese, and it is often used by combining a series of ASCII characters, typed into a mini-dialog box, and produces Unicode from that.

Seems I was confused.  The mini-dialog box you mentioned here was the one
we have when using GNUstep, correct?
On the other hand, in the Apple documentation, with the US English input
server, they say a "palette" comes up when the user types in Option-e and
e successively to generate an accented e.  How about the change of the
text attributes in this particular case?  Is this similar to the case
we have with the Chinese input server?

(1) What key stroke is used to pop up the mini-dialog box for beginning

First, I actually end up using the Menu to choose languages most of the time:

"Apple"-Spacebar is used to toggle between two language selections. "Apple"-Option-spacebar is used to list through the language selections.

What do you think are good substitutions for "Apple" and "Option" keys when
you need to use a non-Apple keyboard?

(2) What key stroke is used to close the box for finishing conversion? (3) Where does the box come up?

None that I am aware of, it seems to just appear and disappear on it's own, very naturally. For the Chinese romanized input methods, no window will pop up for character selection until space bar is pressed (the roman characters show up in their normal position, but underlined). At that point, the window showing the possible characters appear. When you select a character, the window disappears and the roman characters are replaced by one or more chinese characters, then the cycle starts again.

I'll make input methods work like that with GNUstep.  It seems to me that
the input methods for Chinese are a little bit simpler than those of ours.
So I expect it wouldn't be hard to implement a Chinese input server once if
we could implement a Japanese one successfully.  I'd be happy if we could
discuss on the issue in the near future.

- Kazunobu Kuriyama

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