#14 must improve traditional chinese input via pinyin

scim-pinyin (1)

The standard SCIM traditional chinese input does not have a good mandarin pinyin option. It is possible under the simplified chinese Smart Pinyin if you click the 中 button 3 times, but the suggested characters/phrases are no longer very helpful or good. Plus it is very annoying to always have to click the button 3 times. Under the Traditional Chinese method list, they should have their own mandarin pinyin option, not having to use the one in the simplified list.

Some people say that only Taiwan uses traditional, and most people there know/use ZhuYin (bopomofo). However, this is not acceptable. In some major cities, like Taipei, they have switched to teaching children pinyin.

So, I think SCIM for traditional pinyin users should be made as good as the Smart Pinyin for simplified. Windows and Mac are both very good at this already. I hope SCIM can catch up very soon.


  • Anonymous - 2009-05-19

    I agree with the original poster.

    It's currently possible to type Traditional Chinese using SCIM-Chewing with the Hanyu Pinyin keyboard, but using that method is a very cumbersome process, as a tone has to be explicitly specified by hitting a number key for each syllable, which slows down typing, candidate selection can only be performed by hitting predefined keys or letters, which is inefficient, and an undefined input sequence, such as an unexpected space, tends to make the method lock up and give no response.

    SCIM-Pinyin, on the other hand, works very intuitively, so much so that its presence is almost unnoticeable. If SCIM-Pinyin could somehow be adapted to use a Traditional Chinese dictionary, or an input method for Traditional Chinese of the same quality as SCIM-Pinyin could be found and adapted to the SCIM framework, it would be a fantastic addition to SCIM's functionality.

  • rike

    rike - 2009-08-02

    Hi James Su (suzhe). Please let me know if there is a way i can help get traditional chinese via pinyin going with improvement. i am not a programmer, and only a novice chinese learner, but if i would be capable and you tell me how, i can do some grunt work...

  • rike

    rike - 2009-08-02
    • priority: 5 --> 7
  • rike

    rike - 2009-08-02

    somebody has noted that James Su is no longer active in this project. i have re-assigned. if the new assignee is not the best for the job, let me know or just assign to someone else...

  • rike

    rike - 2009-08-02
    • priority: 7 --> 9
    • assigned_to: suzhe --> linshiqun

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