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Does Pinyinput reset the default input language to Chinese?

  1. Update: We are in the process of switching from Pinyinput (for other reasons), but I have a new suspicion what may cause the input language switch to Chinese on our teacher computer: Sanako Study 1200 tutor?
  2. Problem: We observe that the default input language on a computer (Windows XP service pack 3, numerous input languages, US international is supposed to be the default)gets reset to Chinese whenever we log on. Numerous attempts to reset the default input language have not had any effect, despite the computer not being frozen.
  3. Possible cause:
    1. There was no configuration change that I can remember was done immediately before this behavior cropped up. Other computers that have the same base configuration but are deepfrozen do not display this behavior.
    2. However, here is a wild guess for a cause: We have Pinyinput installed, a keyboard layout to facilitate typing Pinyin tone marks. It is advised to be installed under US-English input language since installing it under Chinese causes some [edit: only font display, I was reminded by the developer] problems with MS-Word.
  4. Possible workarounds to be tested:
    1. Is this admonition that Pinyinput should not be installed under input language Chinese still up to date with Windows 7, Office 2010 and the current version of pinyinput? If not, try installing Pinyinput under Chinese in Windows 7?
    2. Freeze the computer while it does not display this behavior.
  1. 2012/06/29 at 21:46

    Hi, I’m the author of Pinyinput. To the best of my knowledge, there is no code in Pinyinput that would reset the default input language to Chinese up login/logout. Although I’d definitely be interested in hearing about it if you found any conclusive evidence of this, because my aim with Pinyinput was to make sure it was as unobtrusive as possible. I certainly haven’t noticed this issue on either Windows XP or Windows7.

    Regarding MS-Word, it’s not so much that Pinyinput causes problems with it, but rather because under a Chinese locale, MS-Word switches to a Chinese font automatically for any letter/character that is not in the standard alphabet (i.e. any character with a tone mark over it) and this then causes pinyin syllables to appear in a mix of fonts, which looks ugly. Installing Pinyinput under an English (or other non-Chinese locale) resolves this issue.

    • 2012/07/02 at 11:38

      Hi Imron: First of all, many thanks for writing PinYinput, it is a very useful addition for getting started learning Mandarin in our educational environment. My information is anything but conclusive, but I wanted to throw this post out there in the hope to get some feedback from other users who might have observed similar things. Admittedly, our language computing environment is relatively complex, though not uncommon for university language centers: I currently support 17 languages, and for many I have multiple character input methods installed. I will not be able to test much longer on Windows XP, but I think when we switch to Windows 7, I will give it a try and install PinYinput under the Chinese locale instead. If I find out anything else, I’ll post it here. Thanks again.

  2. 2012/07/02 at 18:26

    No worries. Actually one simple thing you could try is temporarily uninstalling Pinyinput from one of the XP machines and seeing if the problem still persists. That would at least narrow down whether it was Pinyinput or something else causing the problem.

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