Add IBus input methods information to keyboard-layouts

Bug #1282364 reported by John Kim
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John Kim

Bug Description

An Asian user (e.g. one who writes in Korean, Chinese, or Japenese , etc.) could use more information on using IBus input methods.

Tags: trusty
John Kim (kotux)
description: updated
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Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Couldn't agree more. ;-)

I asked for help with this on the ubuntu-desktop mailing list:

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Triaged
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Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

On 2014-02-20 04:09, John Kim wrote:
> Do you think the Adding Input Methods information (the one present) is
> necessary?
> * Based on my experiences, even if I add Korean in the
> Keyboard Layout setting and I switch between the input methods,
> I can't use Korean.

This is what I did:

- Installed ibus-hangul (actually it's installed automatically if you
  install Korean from Language Support, so you shouldn't need to
  install it explicitly).

- Logged out and logged in again.

- Added Korean Hangul via Text Entry.

- Clicked the input source indicator and switched to Hangul.

With that I could enter some funny (supposedly Korean) characters. ;-)

> * Super+Space seems broken, as it doesn't even change the keyboard input
> method.

Yes, it's broken. Currently you can make it work by changing to something else and then back to Super+Space. But that's not good enough.

I have been told it will be fixed, and it really should be. Otherwise they should change to some default that works (e.g. Ctrl+Shift L).

> At least for the Asian user, IBus works far better and is more practical.

This is not about using Text Entry *or* IBus. Text Entry makes use of IBus behind the scenes.

Some people dislike the 13.10 and 14.04 implementation of keyboard layouts and input methods. But from a docs writing POV that's irrelevant. 14.04, which is a LTS, will be shipped with the Text Entry GUI, so we should try to fix the docs accordingly.

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Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Today, on an updated 14.04, I was able to use Super+Space as the keyboard shortcut for switching to next input source. So that problem seems to have been fixed.

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John Kim (kotux) wrote :

Thanks for the information! I'm working on a proposed piece of documentation for this issue.

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → John Kim (kotux)
status: Triaged → In Progress
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John Kim (kotux) wrote :

Gunnar: Here is my proposed piece of documentation. I would like some feedback, and once we're settled, I'll get to putting this on the documentation. Thanks!

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Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Thanks for your work, John!

The approach in the proposed document is to provide conditional guidance depending on version. However, that's not how the official desktop guide works. The desktop guide always targets a specific version, and the current development version is 14.04. Consequently I don't see how the contents of your document would easily fit the desktop guide.

One important point you make is about the need to install IBus IM engines - which typically is done by installing corresponding languages - to be able to use input methods. I just committed a note about that.

I also added a note about the brand new button in Text Entry which lets you open the setup dialog for the selected input method.

I see no need to include anything about ibus-setup, though. Text Entry takes over the functionality of ibus-setup, so to speak. Please let us know if you still anticipate situations where it makes sense to use ibus-setup in 14.04.

I have updated with the latest additions. Do you think it's sufficient now as regards Ubuntu 14.04?

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
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John Kim (kotux) wrote :

Hi Gunnar, yes it does seem sufficient. I'll give this a test on Ubuntu 14.04 VM and will let you know.

Sorry for the long delay. I realized your latest comment just now.

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-docs - 14.04.2

ubuntu-docs (14.04.2) trusty; urgency=low

    - Confusing link removed.
    - Prevent shell commands from showing up in translation template.
    - Description changed (LP: #1246022).
    - Minor fixes (LP: #1225840, LP: #1221461, LP: #1221463).
    - Script for renaming exported PO files. Thanks Kevin Godby!
    - A couple of adjustments to get the desired behavior.
    - Description of new app menu option (LP: #1284221).
    - Input source added to list of status menus.
    - Notes about IM engine install and preferences button
      (LP: #1282364). Thanks to John Kim for valuable input!
    - News highlights between 12.04 and 14.04 (LP: #1271492).
  * Updated ubuntu-help.pot.
  * The latest translations exported from Launchpad.

  [ John Kim ]
  * Grammar fixes in (LP: #1189282).

  [ Doug Smythies ]
  * Typo fixes in three accounts-*.page pages.
  * ubuntu-help/C/
    - Script corrected and significantly improved.
  * ubuntu-mascot-creature.jpg:
    - Give mascot file a generic name (LP: #1287978).
    - Update content and back to JPG from PNG (LP: #1287978).
  * Fix nonexistent link destinations (LP: #1270318, LP: #1231612).
  * Fix "no way to navigate" yelp-check errors (LP: #1270314).
  * Fix or reassign or delete invalid internal links in the compiled
    html (LP: #931325).
  * html/fix-urls.sed:
    - Change gnome help redirects for html to revision neutral stable.
  * Screenshots updated (LP: #1249806).
  * Outdated UI terms updated with correct ones on a bunch of pages.
  * Incorrect sentence removed from

  [ Nigel Hall ]
  * Spelling fix in

  [ goneaway ]
  * Grammar fix in

  [ Kevin Godby ]
  * Spell-checked the *.page files and corrected detected errors.
  * Tweaked the language on
 -- Gunnar Hjalmarsson <email address hidden> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:37:00 +0100

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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