Ubuntu CJK Chinese Japanese Korean Input Guide

13 May, 2019 Ram No Comments

Ubuntu 5.04 Hoary SCIM Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Input Guide

You can install CJK input via ubuntuaddon or do it via internet.
Ubuntu already comes with Chinese, Japanese and Korean fonts preinstalled.

To install via internet (universe repositories must be enabled)
sudo apt-get install uim anthy scim-gtk2-immodule scim-uim scim-chinese scim-hangul scim-tables-zh scim-tables-ja scim-tables-ko

Add SCIM to startup for X11
sudo touch /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup
sudo chmod 646 /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup
echo ‘export XMODIFIERS=”@im=SCIM”‘ >> /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup
echo ‘export GTK_IM_MODULE=”scim”‘ >> /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup
echo ‘export XIM_PROGRAM=”scim -d”‘ >> /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup
echo ‘export QT_IM_MODULE=”scim”‘ >> /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup
sudo chmod 644 /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup

Press CTRL-SPACE to bring up SCIM input methods.

Next two steps are OPTIONAL (scim KDE startup and input KDE apps while in GNOME)

If you installed kubuntu-desktop (KDE) and plan on logging into KDE session do this in terminal
sudo touch ~/.kde/Autostart/startscim
echo ‘”#!/bin/sh”‘ >> ~/.kde/Autostart/startscim
echo “scim -d” >> ~/.kde/Autostart/startscim
sudo chmod 745 ~/.kde/Autostart/startscim

While using GNOME:
you can input into GNOME, GTK apps but NOT KDE apps.

While using KDE you can input GNOME, GTK and KDE apps.
So if you want to also input in KDE apps while using GNOME do the following:
sudo touch ~/.gnome2/session-manual
echo “[Default]” >> ~/.gnome2/session-manual
echo “num_clients=1” >> ~/.gnome2/session-manual
echo “0,RestartStyleHint=3” >> ~/.gnome2/session-manual
echo “0,Priority=50” >> ~/.gnome2/session-manual
echo “0,RestartCommand=scim -d” >> ~/.gnome2/session-manual
echo “0,Program=scim” >> ~/.gnome2/session-manual

This will create two SCIM keyboards under GNOME though but allows you to input in KDE apps while in GNOME.

Choose UIM-anthy to input Japanese. Also you can use tables Hiragana, Nippon, and Katakana.

Korean input methods. Tables are in red.

Chinese Simplified input methods.

Chinese Traditional input methods.

OpenOffice go to Options | Language Settings | Languages
– Default languages for documents
Asian choose Japanese,Chinese or Korean
– check Asian languages support to Enabled.

Close out of options first otherwise you won’t see Asian Layout in the options menu.
Go to Options | Language Settings | Asian Layout
Kerning choose Western text and Asian punctuation
Character spacing choose Compress punctuation and Japanese Kana (if not using Chinese or Korean)
First and last characters choose Japanese,Chinese or Korean

Go to Options | Text Document | Basic Fonts
Change the Default, Heading, List, Caption, and Index fonts to either Japanese,Chinese or Korean fonts.

Go to SCIM setup | IMEngine and deselect all languages you don’t plan on inputting in. In Japanese deselect all but UIM-anthy.

Chinese Smart Pinyin Input Method options.

Korean Hangul Input Method options.

Here are screenshots of SCIM Japanese input with some translations and also many screenshots of English and Japanese environment just below each other. Why? In case you are using a Japanese linux distro and you need to know what some of the options are but aren’t pera-pera (fluent), me included.

Scim toolbar

Half-width Katakana
Direct Input
Full-width Ascii

Romaji or kana