Windows IME almost unusable

Ka-Hing Cheung khc at
Fri Feb 15 19:04:06 EST 2008

On Sat, 2008-02-16 at 00:25 +0100, Gerrit Sangel wrote:
> 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)

Are you using the default Windows IME? This is certainly not the
behavior that I've seen. I've not used pidgin on Windows for a while but
my brother uses it, and if it's like this he certainly would have

Also, are you using any utilities that tweak some special Windows


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