Re: entering JIS 0213, HKSCS and GB 18030 characters

From: Deborah Goldsmith (
Date: Tue Nov 05 2002 - 09:26:19 EST

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    On Thursday, October 31, 2002, at 01:05 AM, Eric Muller wrote:
    > We have a very hard time assembling the following information: on
    > MacOS X and Windows XP, how do users practically enter JIS 0213, HKSCS
    > and GB 18030 characters? We are interested by both OS provided IMEs
    > and third party IMEs. Of course, we are interested in the more
    > "recent" characters in those sets, e.g. those in 0213 and HKSCS that
    > map to Plane 2.
    > Can anybody help? I'll summarize to the list.

    On Mac OS X, all of these require an application that supports Unicode
    input, such as TextEdit, Mail, the Finder, iPhoto, etc. Mac OS X 10.2
    includes font support for the full JIS X 0213 and GB 18030 repertoires;
    there is not currently full font support for HKSCS.

    1. JIS X 0213

    - Our Japanese input method, Kotoeri, has words with JIS X 0213
    characters in its dictionary, such as "moriougai". The second candidate
    for "ougai" is a JIS X 0213 character, as indicated by the little green
    triangle in the candidate window. In this way JIS X 0213 characters
    show up just as any other characters.

    - Using the Character Palette (new in Mac OS X 10.2), JIS X 0213
    characters can be entered either using the Japanese view (e.g., via
    radical/stroke lookup) or the Unicode view, which lists characters by
    Unicode blocks or code points, including Extension B.

    2. GB 18030

    - The Simplified Chinese input method has a direct GB 18030 code point
    entry method.

    - The Character Palette can be used as for JIS X 0213, and the
    Simplified Chinese view includes GB 18030 characters in the
    radical/stroke tab.

    - The SC input method is extensible, and we include a sample file with
    Pinyin support for GB 18030: /Applications/Utilities/Asia Text
    Extras/Plugin_Text_Sample/AllGB18030-PinYinPlugin.dat. If this file is
    copied to ~/Library/ChineseInputMethodPlug-in/, when you next login you
    will have this support.

    3. HKSCS

    - At this time, the only way to enter all HKSCS characters is via the
    Character Palette. The subset that corresponds to MacTraditionalChinese
    can be entered via the Traditional Chinese input method.

    I hope this helps...

    Deborah Goldsmith
    Manager, Fonts & Unicode
    Apple Computer, Inc.

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