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Chapter 17. Visual Effects > ime-mode Property

17.6. ime-mode Property

This is another Internet Explorer-specific property, first incorporated in version 5.x of the browser. The “ime” part of ime-mode is short for “Input Method Editor,” which is a type of editor used for entering CJK (Chinese, Japanese or Korean) characters. In essence it allows the user to enter these characters in such things as form elements using an ordinary keyboard. Typically a user first selects a base character, which does a look-up of related characters, and then the user chooses the specific character they want displayed. IMEs are automatically included in the localized Chinese, Japanese and Korean versions of MS-Windows.

The ime-mode property has four properties: auto, active, inactive and disabled. The auto value is the default, which means that the Input Method Editor is not specifically invoked, although if the client is using one, its use is not suppressed. With the active value all characters are input through an IME, although the client can still deactivate it, and with the inactive value characters are not automatically entered via an IME (although the client can still activate one if they chose to do so). The disabled value means that the IME is unusable and cannot be optionally turned on by the user.


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