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Input Methods allow you to enter characters that are not supported by your keyboard.
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'''Input Methods''' allow you to enter characters that are not supported by your keyboard.
  
* 'C-x C-m C-\' or `M-x set-input-method' or switch to a new input method.
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= Helpful keybindings =
* 'C-h C-\' or `C-h I' to describe the current input method.
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* 'C-\' to toggle the input method on and off
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; {{CommandKeys|C-x C-m C-\|set-input-method}}
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: Switch to a new input method.
  
Possibly the most convenient casual method for inputting unicode characters
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; {{CommandKeys|C-h C-\|describe-input-method}}
is the TeXInputMethod, which permits you to enter Unicode characters by typing a
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: Tells you how to enter a particular character for the current input mehtod.
\ prefixed sequence reminiscent of TeX. For example, the greek character λ
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may be entered by typing \lambda.
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You can use `latin-1-prefix' to input accented characters. So that you can type `" u' to achieve `ü', for example. You can also {{PrefixKeys|C-x 8}} to input accented characters.
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; {{CommandKeys|C-\}}
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: Switch to your default input method.
  
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= TeX input method =
  
Another way is to use QuotedInsert with `C-q'.
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; {{CommandKeys|C-x C-m C-\ TeX}}
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: To type greek character λ type \lambda.
  
To activate the input method for a specific mode put the following line in your config file:
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= Accented characters =
  
  (add-hook 'text-mode-hook 'toggle-input-method)
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; {{CommandKeys|C-x C-m C-\ latin-1-prefix}}
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: Use this method to input accented characters. When you type `" u' you get `ü'. Another You method is to {{PrefixKeys|C-x 8}}.
  
The input method is then automaticaly activated for files
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which open in text mode.
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To activate the input method on a per-buffer basis.
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= [[Emacs-24]] =
First put the following lines in the .emacs:
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= [[Emacs-23]] =
 
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= Recommended Reading =
  (set input-activate nil)
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= Project Pages =
  (add-hook 'find-file-hook
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= Tutorial Pages =
            (lambda ()(if (eq input-activate t) (toggle-input-method))))
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Then put the following line at the beginning of a file:
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  -*- input-activate: t -*-
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The input method will be activated for this file as soon as it is loaded.
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These are some additional input methods that do not come with Emacs:
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* Georgian (a bit different than the one that comes with Emacs): Lisp:georgian.el
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* Armenian: Lisp:armenian.el
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* Neo-Akkadian Cuneiform: Lisp:akkadian.el
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* Glagolitic: Lisp:glagolitic.el
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* Coptic: Lisp:coptic.el
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It's convenient for people who speak in korean or japanese or etc... to use only the internal emacs input method ([[mule]]) without scim, nabi, Microsoft IME, etc...
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'''See Also:''' ChangingCursorDynamically to automatically change the TextCursor color when you are using an input method. This makes it easy to tell if an input method is in use.
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[[Category:Mule]]
 
[[Category:Mule]]

Revision as of 05:03, 1 April 2012

Input Methods allow you to enter characters that are not supported by your keyboard.

Helpful keybindings

[C-x C-m C-\] (or M-x set-input-method)
Switch to a new input method.
[C-h C-\] (or M-x describe-input-method)
Tells you how to enter a particular character for the current input mehtod.
[C-\] (or M-x {{{2}}})
Switch to your default input method.

TeX input method

[C-x C-m C-\ TeX] (or M-x {{{2}}})
To type greek character λ type \lambda.

Accented characters

[C-x C-m C-\ latin-1-prefix] (or M-x {{{2}}})
Use this method to input accented characters. When you type `" u' you get `ü'. Another You method is to [C-x 8].

GNU/Linux

OS X

Windows

Emacs-24

Emacs-23

Recommended Reading

Project Pages

Tutorial Pages