Chinese input methods for Mac OS X

Saturday, 18th April, 2009

This will be quick. Mac OS X Leopard comes with full online help for its Chinese input methods.

Using the Input Menu tab of the International pane of the System Preferences window, select the Chinese input methods you want. A flag icon appears in the menu bar at the top of the screen. This gives access to the different input methods, and accessories like a character palate and keyboard viewer. The Chinese input methods have extra options for preferences and help:

Simplified

Simplified

Traditional

Traditional

I don’t know why Pinyin is down as a Traditional script input method only, but it’s simple to convert between Traditional and Simplified characters (in most applications) using Mac OS X’s built in Chinese Text Converter:

Services | Chinese Text Converter

Services | Chinese Text Converter

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