RE: Win2000 international support?

From: Chris Pratley (
Date: Wed Mar 29 2000 - 17:58:18 EST

And for those on Windows 9x/NT4, the best way to get Global IME is to select
Tools/Windows Update from within IE5, then scroll down the list of add-ons
to select the language support you want.

Chris Pratley
Group Program Manager
Microsoft Word

-----Original Message-----
From: F. Avery Bishop []
Sent: March 29, 2000 9:03 AM
To: Unicode List
Subject: RE: Win2000 international support?

Right. Go to the Regional Options applet in the control panel and click on
the "Input Locales" tab, then the "Add" button. Note that an input locale
consists of a language and an associated method of input and the two can be
selected independently. For example, you could choose a Japanese IME as the
method of input associated with the language US English, because the IME's
allow you to input the ASCII repertoire of characters.

F. Avery Bishop
Program Manager, Speech API. SAPI ROX!

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2000 12:46 AM
To: Unicode List
Cc: Unicode List
Subject: Re: Win2000 international support?


You should not install Global IMEs in Windows 2000. Global IMEs are
meant for pre-Windows 2000 Windows. Windows 2000 comes with its own
"improved" CJK IMEs. You can install them from the Win 2000 CD via the
Control Panel, I believe.

- Kat

Glen Perkins wrote:
> I just downloaded the Japanese "Global IME" from
> and ran the installer on my new Win2000 laptop. At all of the i18n events,
> the MS folks have always told us that the Asian language packs and IMEs
> fundamentally Win2000 technologies that had just been released a bit
> but were really a part of Win2000's ability to run any localized app on
> version of Win2000.
> Since all of my projects are both multilingual and Unicode-based, I
> anxiously awaited having a Win2000 Unicode-based laptop with all Asian
> script systems installed, along with Japanese databases, my own Unicode
> with Global IME support, etc. I finally got the Win2000 laptop. After
> thru the download, though, the installer refused to run, quitting with the
> announcement that my version of Windows was "not supported". I assumed
> I must have accidentally downloaded the old one, and went back to the
> IME site to find either the new Win2000 version or at least some
> of Global IME, Win2000, and running localized apps (and hopefully a
> to the APIs for writing our own apps).
> No luck. The Global IME site is a "cobwebsite". They don't seem to have
> heard of this newfangled Windows2000 thing. Though the URL shows it being
> under IE 5's "Features" page, there's no link to it from that page, or
> any other page I've ever seen. The only way to find it is with a search,
> you have to know the exact words to search for: "Global IME". As
> has become more and more "real", the website for this "feature of Win2000"
> has become better and better hidden.
> Does anyone here know what the story is? I thought we were finally going
> have a Unicode-based equivalent of Mac1991 + WorldScript. (Sorry, I guess
> I'm getting frustrated...;-) ).
> __Glen Perkins__

Katsuhiko Momoi
Netscape International Client Products Group

What is expressed here is my personal opinion and does not reflect official Netscape views.

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