Windows IME almost unusable

Matthew Wardrop wardrop-matthew at
Fri Feb 15 18:29:06 EST 2008

Surely this is more a matter of problems associated with your IME? Or
possibly, GTK under Windows... I cannot see this being a problem with
pidgin, however, I am not a developer - I just thought I might share.

SCIM works fine under GTK, as far as positioning goes.

Kind Regards,

2008/2/16 Gerrit Sangel <z0idberg at>:

> Hello list,
> I've experienced the following severe bug under Windows (somehow
> strangely, it
> works fine under Linux, even though I suspected exactly otherwise)
> For East Asian scripts, the user has to use an input method editor, short
> IME,
> to type the characters (which are far too many for a simple keyboard).
> Under Windows this is done by the Windows IME, for example MS-IME 2000
> under
> Win2000.
> The bug is now the following:
> If I type in a word, I would expect the pre-commited string to appear in
> the
> ordinary text field, just like when I type German or so. If I enter Space,
> a
> popup-field would appear and I could choose the appropriate character.
> This works fine in all QT apps under Linux and in every windows app I know
> (except gtk apps) and also in Firefox. It is almost unusable in every GTK
> app
> under linux, and in many gtk apps on Windows, too.
> In GTK, the pre-commited string often does not appear in the text field.
> It is
> somewhere on the desktop and you first have to search it. Thus, it is
> almost
> impossible to write a longer sentence convenient in the field. I would
> think
> this makes Pidgin unusable for chatting in CJK, because it is _extremely_
> inconvenient to type that way.
> I can't stress how important this is. IME are very important for some
> languages and are in fact the basis of their way to input their language
> into
> the computer.
> I have attached two images, first, the way it should be (qt.png), and
> then,
> how it is with pidgin under windows (win.png)
> Thanks
> Gerrit Sangel
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