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Re: fcitx: Typos in package description


Martin Eberhard Schauer wrote:

> translating the package description (1) to German the spell-checker found
> typos.
> Please consider my proposal (2) for a new version, which also trys to
> improve the wording.

Some quick thoughts:

> Description: Free Chinese Input Toy of X

... but what will it actually do for me? :)

Maybe a description like this:

	Description: versatile Simplified Chinese input method suite

Is it only for simplified Chinese or are there tables for traditional
Chinese and other scripts?

>  Fcitx is the Free Chinese Input Toy of X, which was initially designed
>  for Chinese users, and used XIM protocol. Now it has already evolved
>  into a highly modularized, feature rich input method framework for
>  Unix-like platforms supporting a considerable amount of frontends,
>  backends and modules.

This paragraph would be a good place to say what the package can be
used to do, and what features of a system or userbase will determine
whether it should be installed.

 The Free Chinese Input Toy of X allows use of a Latin keyboard to
 input Chinese characters in a variety of applications and using a
 variety of input methods (mappings of sequences of keystrokes to
 Despite its humble name and beginnings, modern fcitx is not only
 useful for inputting Chinese in X. It has customizable skins and
 tables, a developer-friendly input method engine interface, and an
 intuitive graphical user configuration tool.

I am mostly relying on [1] and guessing to fill in the blanks, so
please either don't take the details too seriously, or take them
seriously and correct them.  For example, maybe fcitx requires X (but
what is a person to do when wanting to type Chinese in a console emacs

[1] http://blogs.gnome.org/happyaron/2011/01/15/linux-input-method-brief-summary/

fcitx’s Japanese tables don’t seem to be packaged for Debian, from a
quick search.

>  .
>  It is an ideal choice for the vast majority. Many of its features make
>  users of Unix-like platforms have a fully modern input experience for
>  the first time. It has also greatly lower the threshold for developers,
>  making the development of extended funtions much easier than ever before.

This paragraph is phrased in terms of how fcitx differs from its
predecessors, which makes it less useful for the puzzled sysadmin than
it could be.  Maybe something like

 All in all, it offers a pleasant and modern experience for inputting Chinese
 in the vast majority of cases.

would sum it up.

>  .
>  This meta-package pulls in a set of recommended Fcitx components, which
>  is expected fit the needs of most desktop users.

It would also be nice to give some advice to help the sysadmin
understand the relationship to other input method related packages
such as uim, scim, ibus, anthy, tamil-gtk2im, gcin, qwo,
qimhangul-qt4, t-code, freewnn-*, canna, egg, im-switch, nabi,
skkserv, ucimf, gtk3-im-libthai, and prime.

Sorry for the muddle but hope that helps.


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