[SOLVED] Entering Chinese text in Pidgin

Lee Kohl leekohlbradley at gmail.com
Fri Jan 1 06:39:47 EST 2010

I just solved this on my own, rather serendipitously. Right click in the
text entry field of the conversation window, Input Method-->Windows IME,
problem solved. Sorry for the trouble!

...and happy new year.



On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM, Lee Kohl <leekohlbradley at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I have a strange problem. I just started using Pidgin today and loved it
> until I tried typing Chinese. My setup:
> Win XP
> Pidgin 2.6.4
> Sogou Pinyin (Chinese entry tool I use daily)
> Is there something special about the text entry area on the conversation
> window that would make it seem like no text was being entered somehow?
> Because when I type Chinese, the IME character entry software cannot tell
> where my cursor is entering text, so it doesn't know where to place the box
> which lets the user choose what Chinese characters to input.
> Normally the box I'm mentioning appears just below the place you're typing,
> so you can see it easily. In Pidgin, it appears far away at the bottom of
> the screen, and in my case, obscured by something else (objectdock).
> This must be pretty confusing so I'm gonna include some links to
> screenshots: (Don't read the text, it's not up to date wrt the screenshot)
> http://bayimg.com/NAJkoAaCE
> The green box is the box which shows which characters are available based
> on what you've typed... you type something, choose the characters, type
> something, choose the characters, that's how it works. In this shot, the box
> is near the point at which text is being entered--the correct spot.
> http://bayimg.com/cajlbAacE
> The second link shows how in Pidgin, the box has dropped to the default
> location at the bottom of the screen. The IME software does this when it
> doesn't know where text is being entered. It seems pretty ok in the picture,
> but actually that is the exact spot where Objectdock sits and the IME falls
> behind the always-on-top dock.
> Now that I've talked your ear off... any ideas?
> Thanks a million! Save me from MSN which was eating 150+MB... :)
> Lee
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