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IBus Emoji Typing

Summary

The IBus core will provide the Emoji (emoticon) Unicode input using IBus XKB engines.

Owner

  • Name: Takao Fujiwara
  • Email: tfujiwar [at] redhat [dot] com
  • Release notes owner:

Current status

Detailed Description

IBus already has a feature to enter Unicode hexcodes using Ctrl-Shift-u and now we plan a similar implementation for inputting Emoji. With IBus XKB engines, Emoji input will be provided using Emoji annotations after Ctrl-Shift-e.

Benefit to Fedora

It will be easier for users to enter Emoji, which are popular on SNS, E-mail, and Chat.


Scope

  • Proposal owners:
    • IBus core provide the dictionary of the Emoji typing.
    • IBus XKB engines load the Emoji dictionary.
  • Other developers: N/A
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A
  • Trademark approval: N/A

Upgrade/compatibility impact

Users don't have to type Ctrl-Shift-e if they don't need to type Emoji.

How To Test

for non-GNOME desktop

  1. Log into non-GNOME desktop.
  2. Run "ibus-setup" utility and enable any IBus XKB engines.
  3. Open any IBus clients, e.g. firefox
  4. Type Ctrl-Shift-e-smile and show the smile emoji characters.
  5. Type Space keys to choose a emoji character and Enter key to commit the character.

for GNOME desktop

  1. Log into GNOME desktop.
  2. Run "gnome-control-center region" utility and enable any XKB engines and one more IBus input method engines, E.g. "English (US)" and "English (English - US (Typing Booster))".
    1. (since GNOME enables gtk-im-context-simple instead of the IBus XKB engine if no IBus input method engines are enabled)
  3. Open any IBus clients, e.g. firefox or gedit
  4. Activate the XKB engine. E.g. "English (US)".
  5. Type Ctrl-Shift-e-smile and show the smile emoji characters.
  6. Type Space keys to choose a emoji character and Enter key to commit the character.


User Experience

Users will be able to enter emoji emoticons easily using ibus XKB. For this initial implementation only English keywoards are supported.

Dependencies

nodejs-emojione is required by ibus package as a build dependency only. During the ibus build emoji.json from nodejs-emojione is converted to a GHashTable dictionary.

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: Drop the feature in Fedora 25 and postpone it to Fedora 26
  • Contingency deadline: Beta freeze
  • Blocks release? No
  • Blocks product? No

Documentation

N/A

Release Notes