You cannot type Japanese characters in an input text box on a HTML Web page in Windows 2000

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SYMPTOMS

When you try to type Japanese double-byte character set (DBCS) characters in an input text box on a HTML Web page in Microsoft Internet Explorer on a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer, the Input Method Editor (IME) does not change to hiragana mode and the Japanese characters are not typed.

CAUSE

This issue may occur when all the following conditions are true:
  • Several windows are open together with one instance of Internet Explorer running.
  • One window is updated by a META tag that includes the Refresh parameter.
  • Advanced Text Services is available.

WORKAROUND

To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Change the input text box tag

Add the following tag to the input text box. After you add this tag, the window automatically closes and reopens. This resets the input text box so that you can type the Japanese characters correctly by using the IME.
<input type="button" name="Reset_Window" value="Reset_Window" 
onClick="mywin=window.open('HTML Page'...);window.close();return false;">

Method 2: Use Microsoft Input Method Editor 2000

Windows 2000 has built-in support for most languages and includes the Input Method Editor (IME) 2000.

To remove the Microsoft Office 2003 Input Method Editor (IME) or the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) 2002, and then use IME 2000, follow these steps:
  1. Remove the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME 2003 or IME 2002). To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
    2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
    3. In the Currently installed programs list, select the version of Microsoft Office you have installed, and then click Change.
    4. Click Add or Remove Features, and then click Next.
    5. In the Features to install list or the Advanced Customization list, expand Office Shared Features.
    6. Click Alternative User Input, and then click Not Available.
    7. Click Up date to uninstall the IME components.
  2. Add IME 2000 as an installed service. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
    2. Double-click Text Services.
    3. Click Add under Installed Services.
    4. In the Input language list, click Japanese, and then click OK.

      Note If IME 2002, IME 2003, Speech, or Handwriting is listed in the Input Language list, remove them.
  3. Unregister the Msimtf.dll and the Msctf.dll files. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK.
    2. At the command prompt, type the following lines, and then press ENTER after each line:
      Regsvr32.exe /u Msim tf.dllRegsvr32.exe /u Msctf.dll
    3. Type Exit, and then press ENTER to close the command prompt window.

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Article ID: 873091 - Last Review: January 11, 2006 - Revision: 1.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Input Method Editor 2003
  • Microsoft Input Method Editor 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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