Re: Quick Question About Korean Input Methods

From: Ed Trager (
Date: Thu Jan 07 2010 - 19:27:05 CST

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    Hi, Jeroen and everyone,

    In the Korean input method that I am implementing, I'm currently using
    semicolon ";" as the key to press to manually mark the end of a

    (My thinking on this was that whatever key I use should be readily and
    easily accessible on the keyboard layout. Semicolon seems easily
    accessible, and I was thinking that semicolon is probably not used
    very often in Korean text. If one does want to insert a semicolon,
    one can still do that of course - for example, in the worst case, just
    type a space character and then type the semicolon.)

    But I am still thinking of implementing the automatic way of "pulling
    out" a previous terminating consonant to become the initial consonant
    of a new hangul as Curtis Clark has described it and as is apparently
    common in Korean IMEs.

    So if I do implement that too, then in theory I'll have the best of
    both worlds: Manual way of ending a syllable (where ";" is converted
    to HANGUL FILLER) and still have the automated way to allow faster
    typing in the general cases.

    Well, that's the theory anyway ... any comments?

    - Ed

    On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 5:38 PM, Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven
    <> wrote:
    > -On [20100107 02:16], Curtis Clark ( wrote:
    >>The syllable "chik" briefly appears, but as soon as she typed the jamo
    >>for "a", the "k" was pulled away from "chik", making it "chi", and added
    >>to "ka". Since no syllable can start with a vowel jamo (if the first
    >>sound is a vowel, the first jamo is "ㅇ"), the entered vowel will always
    >>steal the last consonant from the previous syllable.
    > That's all nice and dandy, but Korean also knows a lot of ambiguous words
    > where, depending on where you end the syllable, the word means one thing or
    > the other, but you'd type them in the same way on a Latin-based keyboard.
    > Can't at the moment remember an example, but just pulling jamo left or right
    > does not always cut it. You *will* need a manual way of marking off a
    > syllable end.
    > --
    > Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven <asmodai(-at-)> / asmodai
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    > Want ik kan niet leven zonder alles of niets...

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