This Traditional Chinese Solaris release uses the Traditional Chinese CDE Motif graphical user interface, which is similar in layout and design to the U.S. release of CDE. Traditional Chinese CDE supports multibyte characters and Traditional Chinese messages with Motif objects. Differences in character width and proportional spacing cause minor differences in the exact layout of some Motif objects.
All application windows that can take Traditional Chinese input include a status area associated with their input window to show the current conversion mode. With an input conversion mode on, as Traditional Chinese is being typed its entry point becomes a highlighted (reverse video) preedit area until the input is converted to Traditional Chinese or special characters and committed. Some input modes also provide conversion choices among several Traditional Chinese characters on menus.
To accommodate the diversity of Traditional Chinese, this Solaris software provides several different input methods for entering Traditional Chinese characters. With these methods you can enter ASCII/English characters, Traditional Chinese radicals, and Traditional Chinese characters using an ASCII keyboard or a Traditional Chinese keyboard.
Traditional Chinese input at the keyboard is stored temporarily in an intermediate representation. The conversion manager program, with the help of user interaction, then transforms this intermediate representation into a displayed character string.