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Some East Asian IME software input panels now send vKey

Last Updated: 1/11/2017

Platforms

Clients - Windows 8.1 Servers - Windows Server 2012 R2

Description

In Windows 8, if one of the East Asian IMEs is selected, pressing a software input panel key did not send vKeys.

In Windows 8.1, vKeys are sent for the following configurations:

LanguageIMEWindows StoreDesktop
Simplified ChineseMicrosoft Pinyin, Microsoft WubiYesYes
Traditional ChineseMicrosoft Changlie, Microsoft QuickYesYes
Traditional ChineseMicrosoft BopomofoNoNo
KoreanMicrosoft IMEYesNo
JapaneseMicrosoft IMENoNo

Manifestations

If the user chooses an IME that does not send vKeys, vKey-triggered functions do not work.

Solution

Applications that do not use one of the above IME configurations must be designed so that users can complete the desired task without using functions that require vKeys.

If the user chooses an IME that does send vKeys, but the application was designed without that expectation, the application must be changed to recognize which version of Windows is running and respond accordingly.

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