Re: Win2000 international support?

From: Glen Perkins (
Date: Thu Mar 30 2000 - 02:22:20 EST

Thanks everybody for the great answer. After having installed these language
packs literally dozens of times on so many machines, I'd gotten in the habit
of installing them the ways they used to be installed. There's now a new,
greatly improved way to do it for Win2000, for which I'm grateful. Now I
know, but for those MS folks who were kind enough to respond, it would be
helpful to others, I would imagine, if directions for the new "Win2000 way"
were placed wherever the language packs are (and were) available.

Thanks again,

----- Original Message -----
From: F. Avery Bishop <>
To: Unicode List <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2000 9:03 AM
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
> selected independently. For example, you could choose a Japanese IME as
> 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?
> Glen,
> 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
> > the MS folks have always told us that the Asian language packs and IMEs
> were
> > fundamentally Win2000 technologies that had just been released a bit
> early,
> > but were really a part of Win2000's ability to run any localized app on
> any
> > 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
> apps
> > with Global IME support, etc. I finally got the Win2000 laptop. After
> going
> > thru the download, though, the installer refused to run, quitting with
> > announcement that my version of Windows was "not supported". I assumed
> that
> > I must have accidentally downloaded the old one, and went back to the
> Global
> > IME site to find either the new Win2000 version or at least some
> discussion
> > of Global IME, Win2000, and running localized apps (and hopefully a
> pointer
> > 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
> > under IE 5's "Features" page, there's no link to it from that page, or
> from
> > any other page I've ever seen. The only way to find it is with a search,
> and
> > you have to know the exact words to search for: "Global IME". As
> Windows2000
> > has become more and more "real", the website for this "feature of
> > has become better and better hidden.
> >
> > Does anyone here know what the story is? I thought we were finally going
> to
> > have a Unicode-based equivalent of Mac1991 + WorldScript. (Sorry, I
> > 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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