The Simplified Chinese CDE Motif graphical user interface is similar in layout and design to the U.S. release of CDE. Simplified Chinese CDE supports multibyte characters and Simplified 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 Simplified Chinese input include a status area associated with their input window to show the current conversion mode. With an input conversion mode on, as Simplified Chinese is being typed its entry point becomes a highlighted (reverse video) preedit area until the input is converted to Simplified Chinese or special characters and committed. Some input modes also provide conversion choices among several Simplified Chinese characters on menus.
To accommodate the diversity of Simplified Chinese, the Solaris software provides several different input methods for entering Simplified Chinese characters. With these methods you can enter ASCII/English characters, Simplified Chinese radicals, and Simplified Chinese characters using an ASCII keyboard or a Simplified Chinese keyboard.
Your Simplified Chinese input is stored temporarily as an intermediate representation. You then use the conversion manager program to transform the representation into a displayed character string.