Re: [gtk-osx-users] Japanese input in GtkTextView on OSX not supported?

Thanks for the tip, will check the Gramps project.


Subject: Re: [gtk-osx-users] Japanese input in GtkTextView on OSX not supported?
From: jralls ceridwen us
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 07:03:23 -0800
CC: gtk-osx-users-list gnome org
To: mrajcic hotmail com

On Jan 30, 2012, at 1:26 AM, Miroslav Rajcic wrote:

I've got some requests to support japanese/chinese input in my GTK program on OSX.
Note that I do build and bundle default input modules for some other languages and that seems to work OK AFAIK.

Looking into issue, it appears that GTK built on OSX does not communicate with MacUIM or similar solution.
I've exchanged mail with UIM developer, here is the relevant quote:

> As far as I know, GTK-OSX haven't supported the text input of native
> OSX yet. However, there is a work on implementing NSTextInput in
> GTK-OSX's immodule. See
> (in Japanese). It seems the patch is still alpha version though.

Are there any plans to improve this ? Does anyone know any bundled GTK app that works correctly in regards to input for asian languages ?

Not at the moment, but Gramps had a bug filed against OSX because the font fallback wasn't working with Chinese. (That just got added to Pango's CoreText backend in Master last week.) That implies that he was able to input Chinese characters somehow, and I imagine that he's using the Gtk immodule. Have you tried that?

Thanks for the pointer to the textinputclient patch. I'll try it out. If it doesn't work perfectly, it's at least a starting point.

John Ralls

John Ralls

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