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> ucimf_start(1)
> ucimf_keyboard(1)
> ucimf.conf(5)
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ucimf: unicode console input method framework


ucimf - unicode console input method framework
ucimf is an input method framework designed for Linux unicode console.
o Support UTF-8 o Support OpenVanilla Modules o Support PCF, TrueType Font o Provide OverSpot style compose window o Provide C/C++ API


Framebuffer mode is needed. You can add "vga=XXX" to LILO, GRUB, or other bootloaders to let the kernel start with proper framebuffer mode automatically. vga=785 (640x480, 16 ), vga=788 (800x600, 16 ), vga=791 (1024x768, 16 ), vga=794 (1280x1024, 16 )


ucimf needs to run under an UTF-8 consle environment, please use locale -a to see the UTF-8 locales that your system is supported and use command like export LC_ALL=zh_CN.UTF-8 to set up the locale. To start ucimf with FbTerm, prefer to install fbterm-ucimf package and run fbterm -i fbterm_ucimf, or see ucimf_start(1) as an not-recommended alternate. When the user is running an FbTerm, key combination Ctrl+Space is the switch of enable/disable the input method, Ctrl+ShiftLeft to switch to next input method, and Ctrl+ShiftRight to switch to next input method framework. For jfbterm, F12 is the switch of enable/disable the input method, F11 to switch to next input method, and F10 to next input method framework. If the user wishes to use Ctrl+Space and Ctrl+ShiftLeft under jfbterm, please use ucimf_keyboard, which maps Ctrl+Space to F12, and Ctrl+ShiftLeft to F11.


ucimf use standard *.cin files directly to manage its input method tables, per-user input method tables is put in ~/.openvanilla/OVIMGeneric/. Installing or removing a table is simply copy or remove a file in that directory. The order of loading table is managed by the name of the table files, for exaple you can name your tables like this: 01_xxx.cin, 02_xyz.cin, 03_aaa.cin, ... ucimf will follow this order while loading input method tables.


LC_CTYPE - use UTF-8 as to recogize characters. For example: export LC_CTYPE=zh_CN.UTF-8 OVMODULE_DIR - to customize OpenVanilla modules location at run-time. For example: export OVMODULE_DIR=/usr/lib/openvanilla/
ucimf_start(1), ucimf_keyboard(1), ucimf.conf(5).
libucimf was written by Chun-Yu Lee (Mat) <MatLinuxer2@gmail.com> and Jim Huang <jserv.tw@gmail.com>. This manual page was written by Aron Xu <happyaron.xu@gmail.com>, for the Debian project (and may be used by others). January 29, 2010 UCIMF(1)

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