From: Charlie Ruland ☘ (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jan 05 2010 - 15:50:44 CST
Martin J. Dürst wrote:
> Along the lines of Charlie's explanation below, I implemented a Korean
> input method more than ten years ago in the application framework ET++.
> (I gave a presentation about that at the 6th Unicode Implementers
> Workshop in San Jose in 1994.)
> If you for example typed the letters "hana", then at the point you had
> typed "han", it would all be one syllable, with the "n" being the final
> consonant. Then if you typed another "a", the "n" you had typed before
> would be borrowed back from the "han" syllable, that syllable therefore
> changing into "ha", resulting in overall two syllables, "ha" and "na".
This is precisely the way Microsoft’s “Korean Input System (IME 2002)”
works. Using Dubeolsik input mode on a QWERTY keyboard, ‘gks’ yields 한
(han), ‘gksk’ 하나 (ha-na), ‘gksdk’ 한아 (han-a) etc.
BTW, if you want to test this without installing this (or any other
Korean) IME you may try the ‘Dubeolsik/QWERTY Converter’ at
Ganz herzliche Grüße ins Land der aufgehenden Sonne 日本,
> Overall, it looked somewhat funny, but I think it did the job. But I
> never had it tested with native users.
> It worked only when typing text continuously (i.e. it wasn't possible to
> 'steal' a final consonant from a syllable by placing the caret just
> after that syllable). But it worked even if the application wasn't
> prepared at all for such stuff. It did that by simply sending a
> backspace character and then the two new syllables to the application.
> Regards, Martin.
> On 2010/01/03 2:21, Charlie Ruland ☘ wrote:
>> please note that in modern Korean it is usually unnecessary to
>> ‘finalize’ a syllable in order to distinguish between initials and
>> finals. The reason for this is, of course, their distribution: any
>> consonant immediately followed by a vowel/medial is an initial: there
>> are no initial consonant clusters. Any consonant not immediately
>> followed by a vowel/medial is a final.
>> Please also note for the above that the ‘zero’ initial ㅇ is just like
>> any other initial that has to be input, and that ‘strong’ obstruents
>> that are written like double consonants (‘geminates’) have their own key
>> combination (SHIFT+‘weak’ obstruent) and count as simple initials.
>> Ed Trager wrote:
>>> Hi, again everyone!
>>> Dreiheller, Albrecht wrote:
>>>> I would use<Space><Backspace>.
>>>> But I'm not Korean, so there might be a shorter way.
>>> Yes, that's what I did too. But<Space><Backspace> is surely too
>>> *slow* to be practical for really typing Korean, n-est-ce pas?
>>> On Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 3:11 PM, Charlie Ruland ☘<email@example.com>
>>>> For Hangeul I use Microsft’s “Korean Input System (IME 2002)”, and
>>>> what I do to ‘finalize’ an open syllable followed by an initial
>>>> consonant is press the ESC key. (I have no idea what the officially
>>>> recommended key is.)
>>> I did not think of the ESCAPE key. But ESCAPE also is not
>>> conveniently located on the keyboard. So using ESCAPE also will be
>>> relatively *slow*.
>>> I asked the question because I am working on writing some input method
>>> software ... Checking both Microsoft's and Apple's documentation on
>>> Korean Input Methods, I don't find anything describing which
>>> "official" key is to be used to "finalize" such syllables ...
>>> - Ed
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