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I’m trying to test a CSS property (ime-mode) that activates the input method editor (IME) of the host operating system for specific form fields. To do this, I need to enable an IME on the host operating system.

I’ve figured out how to do so on Windows 7 and Mac OS X. However, on Windows XP, I’m in Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Languages > Details > Settings > Installed Services > Add, and I’m trying to work out if any of the default options under “Keyboard layout/IME” are actually IMEs.

I don’t have East Asian language support installed, so I can’t see any Japanese keyboards or IMEs (which is what I’ve used on Windows 7 and Mac OS X).

Are any of the built-in input options on Windows XP IMEs?

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I couldn’t find any built-in IMEs, but there are two options for getting some.

  1. I believe that checking the “Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages” option in Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Languages will install some IMEs. However, for this you need the disk that Windows came on, and I’m using Microsoft’s IE compatibility VMs.

  2. You can install the Microsoft Pinyin IME.

There is also the Office XP Global IME, but you need Microsoft Office installed for that to work.

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