How to input chinese characters in gnome
Writing in Pinyin
Pinyin is the transcription of the spoken Chinese language in latin characters. Each character has a tone which can be entered via the keyboard's various layers. E.g. on a German keyboard, buttons for ' and ` are available which allows to write the second (e.g. má) and forth tone (e.g. mà). The first tone can be composed by holding <alt gr> + <shift> + <+> then the character (e.g. mā), the third by <alt gr> + <shift> + <ä> then the character (e.g. mǎ).
Install the fonts
- Exit from Package manager, close all windows
- restart gdm :
su cd /etc/init.d ./gdm restart
Start uim-pref-gtk (type this in a terminal window)
change the setting for selection of chinese input from <Shift>-Space to <Ctrl>-Shift (<Alt>-Shift did not work)
Change over to chinese input with <ctrl>-Shift Select an alternate chinese character with <Ctrl>-N
To edit and enter Pinyin, add all vowels into the character palette: áéíóúàèìòùāēĩōūăĕĭŏŭǚ
Install the package scim
The file README.Debian in /usr/share/doc/scim contains the necessary documentation.
If you are not using an US-English keyboard, your keyboard has to be defined in file ~/.scim/global. If that file does not exist, start scim in a terminal and terminate with Ctrl-C. Check you locale LANG with the terminal command locale, for German it is e.g. de_DE.utf8. Add the line /SupportedUnicodeLocales = <your_locale> to that file.
If there are many users on a system and use the same locale, you may want to consider changing the system configuration file /etc/scim/global to set the supported locale.
Just start a GTK+/GNOME program, right-click somewhere on an input field and choose "Input Methods -> SCIM Input Method" in the pop-up menu, and SCIM should automatically start if it's not started yet. Now pressing Ctrl-space should also activate SCIM and show a toolbar. You can start typing and suggestions are being made. There are alternative ways described in the documentation mentioned above.
- freewnn-common - I could not make it work .