Archive for May 14th, 2012

Entering Japanese Text (or any other language) in Ubuntu 10.10

“I need to write an email in Japanese, but all I have is an English QWERTY keyboard. What can I do?”

Situations like this arise. Your Japanese pen pal seeks your advice, but he can only read Japanese. You want to reply in his langauge, so when typing emails or text, is there any way to enter Japanese characters?

Ubuntu, as well as many other Linux distributions, has excellent multilingual support. It is possible to compose an email or write text using the characters in any language so native speakers can read it. The key to doing this is installing the target language on the system and finding a way to enter characters from an English QWERTY keyboard.

While an English system and Japanese is used in this example, the same principles apply to any other locale and language.
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