Un-asked-for-language support

cornel panceac cpanceac at gmail.com
Wed Nov 25 17:23:56 UTC 2009

> The distinction here is between languages which require input methods
> and languages which don't. If you want to add, say, Russian
> post-install, it's easy: install appropriate fonts - which you can do by
> just going to a Russian website, thanks to PackageKit - and set an
> appropriate keyboard layout.
> For languages which require input methods, it isn't that simple. There's
> no mechanism in Fedora, KDE or GNOME for installing and configuring the
> input methods for languages which require them, post distribution
> installation. Just installing appropriate fonts and a keyboard layout
> isn't enough for writing in these languages.
> The post-install case is simple enough: multi-user system, new user who
> speaks Korean (or whichever input-method based language you like). Or,
> as quite often happens, someone who has an existing Fedora installation
> and decides to start learning Japanese or something, and wants to write
> it on their computer.
> There could be a better solution to this written, probably, if someone
> had the time and dedication, but it's not simple. (I'm not entirely sure
> why the input methods themselves need the fonts to be installed,
> though).
> --
> Adam Williamson
> Fedora QA Community Monkey
> IRC: adamw | Fedora Talk: adamwill AT fedoraproject DOT org
> http://www.happyassassin.net

adam: as i proposed above, the english default can be completed by the
choice made when selecting time zone. like choosing bucharest will give
romanian, choosing berlin will give (aka select) german and so on. i don't
really understand why adding input methods post install would be difficult.
adn, of course, a rfe should be added to bugzilla :)

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