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xcin - X window Chinese INput XIM server
xcin [ -d DISPLAY ] [ -h ] [ -m ] [ -r rcfile ] [ -x XIM_name ]
XCIN is an XIM (X Input Method) server which is widely used in Taiwan
to perform Chinese input under X Window system. It is originally
developed by Edward Der-Hua Liu (Oct. 1994) and many other programmers
in early days; while now it is supported by the XCIN Project.
New XCIN design follows the Xi18N standard and locale mechanism. You
should have locale supported in your system C library and installed
before you run xcin. You also need the libtabe, an input method table
library, and Berkeley DB2 library to run xcin. XCIN allows you to
input the Chinese characters to an X client which supports XIM
Currently, XCIN project supports big5 (used in Taiwan), big5hkscs (used
in Hong Kong) and gb2312 (used in China) character set/encodings. The
input methods currently supported are:
big5 character set:
cj simplex phone bimspinyin bimsphone jyutping array30 jyutping0
big5hkscs character set:
gb2312 character set:
pinyin shuangpin jtcj_gb wubizixing phonegb2 array30 zh_hex
XCIN has been tested and supported in the following platform
with different encoding name:
[ -h ] : print help message.
[ -m ] : print the comment of module "mod_name".
[ -d ] : set X Display.
[ -x ] : register XIM server name to Xlib.
[ -r ] : set user specified rcfile.
[ -U ] : specify the user directory of xcin data.
[ -D ] : specify the system default directory of xcin data.
[ -v n ] : set the debug level to n.
XCIN searches the configuration file, the rcfile, in the following
This is a lisp file in user’s home directory.
This is another lisp file in user’s home directory.
This is a system wide configuration file.
Note that the /etc/xcinrc or /usr/local/etc/xcinrc is set up by
configure script when you compile the xcin with default prefix
The rcfile is a lisp program file. The main program global setting are:
XCIN default data directory, which will contain the IM tables,
IM modules, and other data files.
User specified data directory. If it is not a relative path,
then it will start with the user’s $HOME directory.
The font used to display the English IM name (in the right-
bottom corner of the xcin main window).
The foreground color of xcin windows.
The background color of xcin windows.
The specially displayed foreground color (e.g., the preedit
area, mutiple characters for selection).
The specially displayed background color (e.g., the preedit
area, mutiple characters for selection).
The color of phrases marking underline of xcin windows.
The grid color of xcin windows.
The size and position of xcin main window.
Open the xcin 2nd main window or not? Because in the OverTheSpot
input_style, all the preedit information are moved into the
OverTheSpot window (the small window appeared near the cursor of
the XIM client), so the original xcin main window seems to be
too large and waste a lot of space of the disktop. Therefore,
if the xcin 2nd main window is opened, then in the English
input mode or the OverTheSpot input_style, xcin will use the
smaller 2nd main window to display necessary information. But
when the Root input_style is enabled, the xcin will
automatically switch to the original main windown.
The size and position of xcin 2nd main window.
Hide xcin window when English input mode or not?
Disable the facility such that the Window Manager can terminate
xcin through WM protocol or not?
Disable the IC checking facility or not? This facility can check
the ICs and windows of all the XIM clients periodically.
Let all the XIM clients to share the same IM data structer or
not. The default is NO, i.e., the IM data structer of each XIM
client are distinct, so the IM status of each XIM client is
independent. If set this option to YES, then all the XIM
clients will have the same IM status.
Start the IM focus facility when running xcin. See the following
Keep the position of the xcin window or not? If this option is
opened, then xcin window will automatically appeared on the
disktop when we switch between the virtual disktops. Also when
we move the xcin
set the file name of "rcfile".
set the character handling locale, default is "zh_TW.Big5".
This is depends on what kind of C library you are using.
Please refer to the command "locale -a".
set the message output locale, default is "C" or "POSIX". This
is depends on what kind of C library you are using. Please
refer to the command "locale -a".
A usual locale name contains a definite format as following: If
the locale is zh_TW.Big5, the value is xcin. Otherwise, the
value is xcin-$locale
under bash: XMODIFIERS="@im=xcin-zh_CN.GB2312"
under csh : setenv XMODIFIERS @im=xcin
locale(1), locale(5), locale(7), localedef(1), setlocale(3)
XCIN is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free
Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.
XCIN Team.<mailing-list: firstname.lastname@example.org>
Oct 26 2001 xcin(1)