How do you add secondary language input capabilities?
This section applies to all openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise versions. Thanks to YaST, the way to enable this functionality has remained consistent over the years.
Click Ok button and YaST will install the proper software and language package to enable this functionality.
Frustration #1: Where is the configuration panel?
Unfortunately, for me, when I do that it launches LibreOffice to read the configuration content in text.
To overcome this little hurdle, you will need to install an additional package called fcitx-config-kde4 because I'm using KDE4 as my desktop manager. If you're on Gnome3, you can try fcitx-config-gtk3 but I have not tested this out.
As root, execute zypper in fcitx-config-kde4
To access this GUI config, go into Configure Desktop and click on Locale, click on Input Method.
Note/Problem: You still cannot call up the dialog box via the Configure option when you right-click on the Input icon on the System Tray.
Frustration #2: Why can't I toggle/see more Chinese character options when typing?
This is a Human Computer Interaction challenge. The visual UI does not provide any usable hints; in fact, it was a little misleading.
Ctrl-Space and the icon in the System Tray would change and you can start typing in Pinyin and a range of characters would show up. You select the appropriate character via a numeric key. See example below:
|Icon on System Tray|
|Started typing in English, switched to Simplified Chinese|
|Example: Typing 'wo' and a list of characters appear for you to choose|
The initial frustration I had was just trying to type my name. The first character in my first name is Han. However, the first 5 choices are not what I'm after. How do you bring up more character choice? There's an arrow, let's click it.
Nope, doesn't work. The arrows are useless! Next, you try to be clever and hit numeric 6... nothing. Next you try the different keys on the keyboard hoping it would bring up the next set of characters... no joy.
At this point, I'm getting rather frustrated at a lack of visual hints on how I can type out just one character. Long story short, the keys to scroll through the characters are the minus '-' and plus '+' keys.