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I have some hindi fonts in my linux (they even work in vim, when I try to to view some downloaded hindi webpages). Now, in gimp, it does show various multilingual fonts (hindi as well as others). However, when I try to use them, it displays only english text :(

How do I use multilingual fonts in gimp?


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Have you tried entering text in the appropriate language? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Mar 16 '11 at 10:23
hmmm, not sure what you mean. But I did select the appropriate "font" from the text toolbar. tried various non-english fonts. My keyboard is english, so I assume it should do some phonetic conversion like most multi-language editors? – jan Mar 16 '11 at 10:27
Did you invoke your IME? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Mar 16 '11 at 10:28
note that the small rectangular "icons" to the left of the font name in the menu, are displayed correctly. Not sure if they are images. – jan Mar 16 '11 at 10:29
just searched that IME is 'input method editor' :). I dont know gimp has one. could you please explain a little bit how to invoke it? – jan Mar 16 '11 at 10:31
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The GIMP does not transliterate text; use a IME if you want to input text in an alphabet your keyboard does not support.

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