Menksoft

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Menksoft (Mongolian: ᠮᠦᠩᠬᠡ ᠭᠠᠯ ᠰᠣᠹᠲ Müngke Gal soft, lit. "inextinguishible flame"; Chinese: 蒙科立, Pinyin: Měng Kē Lì, lit. "Mongol·Technology·Self-support") is an IT company in Inner Mongolia, who developed Menksoft Mongolian IME, the most widely used Mongolian language input method editor (IME) in Inner Mongolia.

History[edit]

Menksoft was established in May 2002 by S. Soyolt (Chinese: 苏·苏雅拉图; Pinyin: Sū. Sūyǎlātú). In 2003, it was evaluated as a major software enterprise of Inner Mongolia and one of the 20 largest private enterprises in Hohhot.[1][2] In 2004, it gained the Gold Prize of INT'L Soft China.[3] It is supported by the Chinese government.[4]

Corporate leadership[edit]

Menksoft holds close ties with the Inner Mongolia University for Nationalities. The Mongolian website of Inner Mongolia University for Nationalities is tl.menksoft.com under the Menksoft webhost menksoft.com.

Input method series and their code[edit]

The Mongolian code used in Menksoft Mongolian IMEs has become the de facto international code of Mongolian: the largest competitor of Menksoft in Mongolian script input domain — Saiyin — wrote a "howto" for users to use Saiyin code and Menksoft code in parallel, and says "What would you do if you've already installed and registered Saiyin IME, but you want to contribute for newspaper office? They do only accept Menksoft code. Saiyin has already settled this problem for you" on a page of its website called " How to use Saiyin IME with Menksoft in parallel."[5]

Besides the integrated code converter in Menksoft Mongolian IME, there is a standalone version converter which can convert almost every Mongolian script code, except Unicode.[6]

Input method series

The Menksoft IMEs are a collection of Input method editors (IMEs) for typing Mongolian-related scripts such as Mongolian script, Uyghurjin script, Manchu script, and Xibe script.

Menksoft Mongolian Input method series[edit]

Menksoft Mongolian IME 2008.PNG

Menksoft Mongolian IME is the only free and widely used input method editor of Menksoft.

Supported scripts include Mongolian, Uyghurjin, Manchu, Xibe, etc.

The Menksoft IMEs make use of Private Use Areas (PUA) of Unicode and the Chinese GB 18030 code that form the so-called "Menksoft Mongolian code" (Chinese: 蒙科立蒙古文编码).

With the influence of Chinese input methods built-in whole sentence input pattern, the focus of Menksoft Mongolian IME is not placed on a Mongolian keyboard layout, but on phoneme pattern input methods, as they are more commonly used for Chinese language text.

Unicode was late to provide adequate support for the Mongolian script, where the first and as of 2009 only functional implementation is shipped with Windows Vista. This resulted in some popularity for the Menksoft IMEs in Inner Mongolia, where even the local government websites uses them.[Ref 1][Ref 2][Ref 3]

There is an English interface of Menksoft Mongolian IME, but Menksoft did not build an English installation program. People using operating systems without Chinese language support must use the Chinese installation programs (maybe mojibake) and set the language settings to English interface through the language bar after installation. Menksoft is incompatible with Macintosh operating systems.

Menk Mongolian Whole-Word Input method[edit]

Menk Mongolian Whole-Word Input method

Based on research,[7] Menk Mongolian Whole-Word Input method (Chinese: 蒙科立蒙古文整词输入法 or 传统蒙古文整词智能化输入输出系统) is said to be the first word input pattern input method for 拼音文字 (a concept including alphabet (linguistic definition), abugida and semi-syllabary, excluding syllabary) in the world.[8]

In this method, you can type fewer letters than Menksoft Mongolian IME. For example, "sainjiyaga" in Menksoft Mongolian IME becomes "saijyg"; "erdemtu" becomes "eedt";[9] the word "Mongol" can be input by typing "mc;gv".

Unlike Menksoft Mongolian IME, the whole-word input method is not freeware; it is a professional and educational edition.

Supported scripts are Mongolian, clear, Manchu, and Xibe.[10]

Menksoft Mongolian Phoneme Input Methods[edit]

Disc of Menksoft Slav Mongolian Input Method of Menksoft Mongolian Phoneme Input Methods

Menksoft Mongolian Phoneme Input Methods[11] (蒙科立音码输入法系列) are keyboard layouts using ISO/IEC 10646-1:2000(E) standard Unicode (except for Uyghur style Mongolian script).[12]

Supported scripts are Mongolian, Uyghur-style Mongolian (Proto-Mongolian, Mongolian written in Old Uyghur alphabet by Tatar-Tonga), Clear, Manchu, Xibe, and Mongolian Cyrillic Mongolian script.[12]

Menksoft Khitan small script application system[edit]

Menksoft Kazak IME[edit]

Menksoft International Phonetic Input method[edit]

A related keyboard.[13]

Network[edit]

Menksoft Content Management System[edit]

MenkCMS Mongolian CMS System Technique Study Menksoft Web Develop Department

Fonts[edit]

Embedded fonts of Menksoft Mongolian IME
  • Menksoft Garqag
  • Menksoft Hara
  • Menksoft Hawang
  • Menksoft Qagan
  • Menksoft Scnin
  • Menksoft (Menksoft.tte) default EUDC font ("end-user-defined character"), the only font support not only Hudum Mongolian, but also Todo, Manchu, Sibe, Uyghurjin, Phags-pa, Soyombo, Horizontal Square, etc. Not selectable in font list.

Menksoft Qagan is the standard font and looks similar to Menksoft.tte and Mongolian Baiti. Qagan (a.k.a. Chagan) means white in Mongolian.

Standalone

Word processing[edit]

Mongolian WPS Office 2002

Cooperate with Kingsoft. Adopted by Inner Mongolia Academy of Social Science,[14] but the interface is poor.

Menksoft Ethnical RedFlag Linux[edit]

There is a Menksoft Ethnical RedFlag Linux.[15] There is also an Office system work in Chinese Linux (not the former Linux).[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 内蒙古自治区蒙科立软件有限责任公司 (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  2. ^ 内蒙古自治区首批电子政务重点软件企业 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  3. ^ 第八届中国国际软件博览会金奖 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  4. ^ 政府信息公开-包头市信息化工作领导小组办公室2008年工作要点 (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  5. ^ http://www.saiyin.net/onews.asp?id=157 Archived June 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Founder, Saiyin (Sain-Old, Sain-New), Ming'antu, Has, NMG-HHHT-ZNDN, Mongolian Culture CMs of Mongolia
  7. ^ S. Soyolt; BAI Shuangcheng; LIU Yue (2005-08-31). "Research on Development of Repeated Code Words Intelligent Selection Output Method in Mongolian Whole Words Input Method" (PDF). Bulletin of National Natural Science Foundation of China. 20 (2): 97. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  8. ^ Menk Mongolian Whole-Word Input method (in simplified Chinese)
  9. ^ Baidu Zhidao
  10. ^ Chinese Help File of Whole-Word & Phoneme(Not Menksoft Phoneme IMEs) IME
  11. ^ Including Menksoft Mongolian Phoneme Input Method, Menksoft TUOTE Input Method (Todo script), Menksoft Manchu Input Method, Menksoft XIBO Input Method (Xibe script), Menksoft Slav Mongolian Input Method and Mongolian Uyghur style Mongolian Phoneme Input Method
  12. ^ a b Menksoft Mongolian "Yinma" Input method
  13. ^ Menksoft International Phonetic Input method
  14. ^ http://nmgshkxy.nmgnews.com.cn/system/2010/04/06/010411038.shtml
  15. ^ Ethnical Linux
  16. ^ 内蒙古蒙科立软件有限责任公司——“和我国第一个基于LINUX汉文操作系统的少数民族多文字办公套件”
  1. ^ "Inner Mongolia, China" (in Mongolian). Inner Mongolia government. Retrieved 2009-03-07. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Ordos" (in Mongolian). Ordos government. Archived from the original on 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Bayingol" (in Mongolian). Bayingol government. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 

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