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What is a reasonable way to type linguistic IPA symbols on modern Fedora?

asked 2018-03-25 20:48:33 -0600

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I'm looking for a reasonable way to type IPA symbols on Fedora 27+. I have seen resources for doing so on other distros and older Fedora, but they are outdated. I'm mostly looking to see what others have done to make this work in a reasonable way.

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This led me on an extensive and fascinating tour through input methods and such. I have an answer!

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2018-03-26 03:14:55 -0600 )edit

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answered 2018-03-26 03:24:27 -0600

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Run dnf install ibus-table-latin. Go to the settings for Region & Language. Add a new input source. Click the 3 dots. Type "ipa", then click "Other". You should see "Other (IPA-X-SAMPA)". If this doesn't work, then in a terminal as your user (not root), run ibus restart , then try again. Once you've added this source, you can switch to it usinɡ + or clicking on the label on the top bar. If you start typing, it will offer some suggestions. For example, if you press the "d" key, there will be a list of 3 options. You can either keep typing and it will just send a normal "d", or you can press the "`" key and it will switch to a "ɖ". The full list of combination is at

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This does assume that you are using Gnome. I don't know if the other desktops default to using ibus.

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2018-03-26 03:25:45 -0600 )edit

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