Wed, 26 Apr 2006
Japanese input methods
Yesterday I did some experiments with writing Japanese in Linux/GNOME. It turned out it was pretty straightforward and Fedora is well prepared for writing Japanese.
I have installed Fedora without Japanese support, and in order to be able to write Japanese texts, I had to install the following packages:
anthy Canna Canna-libs scim scim-anthy scim-libs
Then I have added
Cannaserver to my system init scripts
chkconfig canna on), added a Smart Common Input Method
server/applet to my
and instructed X11 libs to use SCIM (in my
export XMODIFIERS="@im=SCIM" export GTK_IM_MODULE="scim" export QT_IM_MODULE="scim"
Now, when I choose Japanese from the SCIM applet on my GNOME Panel, I can do the following:
- write Japanese pronnouncation in Latin, and get them transformed to Hiragana (the first screenshot)
- transform words in Hiragana to Kanji (using the spacebar)
- switch between Latin and Japanese using
- switch between Hiragana, Katakana, half-width Katakana, and Latin using
The input methods can surely do more, but for now it is sufficient for basic Japanese (definitely better than using the Character map tool :-).