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22. Internationalization (i18n)

This section includes information related to the support of various languages under Fedora Core.

22.1. Input Methods

SCIM (Simple Common Input Method) has replaced IIIMF as the input method system for Asian and other languages in Fedora Core in this release. SCIM uses Ctrl-Space as the default trigger key to toggle on and off the input method, though it is easy to change the hotkey or add hotkeys with the SCIM setup configuration tool. Japanese users can now use the Zenkaku_Hankaku key to toggle between native and ASCII input.

22.1.1. Installation

SCIM should be installed and run by default for Asian language desktops. Otherwise the required packages can be installed using the language support section of the package manager ( pirut ) or running:
su -c 'yum groupinstall <language>-support'

where <language> is one of assamese , bengali, chinese, gujarati , hindi, japanese, kannada , korean, punjabi, tamil, or thai.
The list of IMEs included is:
  • Japanese: scim-anthy
    Korean: scim-hangul
    Simplified Chinese: scim-pinyin scim-tables-chinese
    Traditional Chinese: scim-chewing scim-tables-chinese
    Indian and other languages: scim-m17n m17n-db-<language>
If your desktop is not running in an Asian locale, to activate it in your user account, run these commands, then logout and login again to your desktop.
mkdir ~/.xinput.d
ln -s /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/scim ~/.xinput.d/default

22.1.2. SCIM applet and toolbar

When SCIM is running, an applet icon appears in the notification area of the desktop panel. The icon is a grey keyboard icon when SCIM is inactive, and an Input Method Engine (IME) icon when it is active. When SCIM is active, by default the SCIM input method toolbar with status information also appears.
Clicking the left mouse button on the applet activates a SCIM language switching menu for changing the current Input Method Engine. The menu only appears when an application using the Input Method has focus. Clicking the right mouse button on the applet or SCIM toolbar activates the setup menu.

22.1.3. SCIM configuration

You can configure SCIM and IMEs using the setup configuration tool available from the setup menu. In the IME general configuration panel, you can select which languages or IMEs appear on the language switching menu.

22.1.4. New conversion engines

anthy , a new Japanese conversion engine replaces the old Canna server system, and libchewing , a new Traditional Chinese conversion engine, has been added.