The input method framework enables the collaboration between text editing components and input methods for entering text. Input methods are software components that let the user enter text in ways other than simple typing on a keyboard. They are commonly used to enter Japanese, Chinese, or Korean - languages using thousands of different characters - on keyboards with far fewer keys. However, the framework also supports input methods for other languages and the use of entirely different input mechanisms, such as handwriting or speech recognition.
The input method framework provides two layers of public interfaces:
Overview - An overview of the Input Method framework.
See Enhhancements for a summary of enhancements added to recent Sun-supported JDK releases.