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NOTE: This is a page describing the packaging and development of SCIM packages in Ubuntu. It's NOT a user's guide for SCIM. For user's guide, please refer to [https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SCIM SCIM], and ["InputMethods/SCIM/Setup"]. NOTE: This is a page describing the packaging and development of SCIM packages in Ubuntu. It's NOT a user's guide for SCIM. For user's guide, please refer to [[https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SCIM|SCIM]], and [[InputMethods/SCIM/Setup]].
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[http://www.scim-im.org/ SCIM] (smart common input method) is a platform for input methods. Input methods are essential for CJK (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) users. The input method program accepts the input from keyboard, and transform it (sometimes with extra help from the user) to the language user what to input. [[http://www.scim-im.org/|SCIM]] (smart common input method) is a platform for input methods. Input methods are essential for CJK (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) users. The input method program accepts the input from keyboard, and transform it (sometimes with extra help from the user) to the language user what to input.
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My im-switch support patch for scim-hangul can be found on [https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/scim-hangul/+bug/33763 malone]. (MingHua) My im-switch support patch for scim-hangul can be found on [[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/scim-hangul/+bug/33763|malone]]. (MingHua)
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The detailed procedure on how to get openoffice.org work well with scim is in ["InputMethods/SCIM/OpenOfficeTesting"]. The detailed procedure on how to get openoffice.org work well with scim is in [[InputMethods/SCIM/OpenOfficeTesting]].

NOTE: This is a page describing the packaging and development of SCIM packages in Ubuntu. It's NOT a user's guide for SCIM. For user's guide, please refer to SCIM, and InputMethods/SCIM/Setup.

Overview

SCIM (smart common input method) is a platform for input methods. Input methods are essential for CJK (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) users. The input method program accepts the input from keyboard, and transform it (sometimes with extra help from the user) to the language user what to input.

Obviously, there are many different input methods for different languages. SCIM aims to provide a common framework for different input methods so that they can have consistent GUI and central preference setting. This is very desirable for users of multiple input methods.

SCIM has a base platform which supports a plugin system, and input methods can be provided as plugin modules. There are usually two types of plugin modules, one type being exclusive for scim, consisting of both the input method data and the interface to SCIM (e.g. scim-pinyin, scim-tables); while another type consisting of only the interface code for communication with SCIM, and rely on some general input method library (e.g. scim-m17n, scim-chewing) or existing input method program (e.g. scim-anthy, scim-uim) to do the coversion. The second type of module is usually called a bridge module, it's very useful to expand the input method coverage and help users of other input methods transition to SCIM.

SCIM also features supports for modern input method frameworks. The traditional framework for input method support in X Window environment is XIM, but it has quite some disadvantages. GTK+ 2 introduces their own input method framework, usually known as GTK IM module. Qt 4 also has its own framework, similarly known as Qt IM module, and there are also patches to Qt 3. These two input method frameworks integrate better with the underlying system, and give more consistent look'n'feel for input methods with the applications. The main package for SCIM, called scim (this is kind of confusing), supports both XIM and GTK IM module. There is a separate package, skim, provides Qt IM module support and adds more KDE integration.

Currently Supported Input Methods

SCIM has been under development for quite some time, and there are currenly quite a large number of input methods supported by SCIM, categoried by language:

Simplified Chinese (zh_CN)

Package Name

Input Method(s) Supported

Module Type

scim-pinyin

Pinyin

native

scim-fcitx

Wubi, Pinyin

bridge

scim-ccinput

Pinyin

native

Traditional Chinese (zh_TW)

Package Name

Input Method(s) Supported

Module Type

scim-chewing

Chewing

bridge

Japanese

Package Name

Input Method(s) Supported

Module Type

scim-anthy

Anthy

bridge

scim-prime

PRIME

bridge

scim-skk

-

native

scim-canna

Canna

bridge

Korean

Package Name

Input Method(s) Supported

Module Type

scim-hangul

(not sure)

native

Other languages / Multi-langugaes

Package Name

Module Type

scim-uim

bridge

scim-tables

native

scim-m17n

bridge

scim-openvanilla

bridge

Debian packaging

Currently Debian unstable (a.k.a. sid) has the following packages: scim, scim-pinyin, scim-chewing, scim-anthy, scim-prime, scim-skk, scim-canna, scim-uim. These packages are using the ABI for SCIM 1.4 series. The packages scim-tables, scim-m17n, scim-hangul also exists for Debian stable (a.k.a. sarge), which uses the SCIM 1.0 series ABI, but they are broken in unstable right now, and needs more work.

There are known unoffical packages of skim, scim-fcitx, scim-ccinput, and scim-openvanilla floating around.

Ubuntu packaging

Both hoary and breezy ship the SCIM 1.0 series, the same as Debian sarge. The only packages available are scim, scim-pinyin (known as scim-chinese for 1.0 series), scim-uim, scim-tables, scim-hangul, scim-chewing and scim-m17n.

SCIM, scim-anthy, and other packages for breezy are available from: deb http://archive.ubuntulinux.jp/ubuntu-ja breezy/

In dapper all the debian unstable packages are imported, but not enough testing (to see if it even works) has been done yet.

For Dapper

Improvements

Default Installation by language-selector / im-switch

Freeflying's comments:

  • Ship ubuntu install cd with scim and kubuntu with skim .
  • Make language-pack-xx depend on im-switch and relate scim module's package
  • Let scim module register scim to im-switch , according to the default locale user choose
  • Add the conffile for im-switch in each scim module's package .
  • Do remember : simple is the best .

My im-switch support patch for scim-hangul can be found on malone. (MingHua)

Multiple Activation Keys - Not only activated by ctrl-shift, but also by user defined activation keys

Isn't this already possible with scim 1.4.4 in dapper - start scim-setup, go to FrontEnd -> Global Setup -> Hotkeys? (MingHua)

scim/skim in Dapper can be activated by these trigger keys - Control+space, Shift+space, Zenkaku_Hankaku(on Japanese keyboard), Hangul(on Korean keyboard) - without user's setup from the UI.

Specifications

Testing

OpenOffice.org

The detailed procedure on how to get openoffice.org work well with scim is in InputMethods/SCIM/OpenOfficeTesting.

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