Mark's New Pinyin Input Firefox Extension

My friend Mark has created a FireFox addon. It does one thing and it does it well: it converts onscreen text from numeral pinyin to pretty pinyin with tone marks.  (It doesn’t convert characters to pinyin or any of that jazz.)

I find this very useful. If it sounds good to you, try out the Pinyin Input Firefox Extension.

8 Comments to “Mark's New Pinyin Input Firefox Extension

  1. Xuchen says:

    I’ve tried installing it twice and both times I couldn’t get it to work.

    Please advise.

  2. Jack Tors says:

    For Windows users, I’d just stick with pinyinput. Works with all apps, not only Firefox. I guess this would be useful for Mac or Linux users if those OSes don’t have a pinyinput equivalent.

  3. Mark says:

    Xuchen, if you leave a bit more detailed response on the comments for it on my site, I’ll try to help you out.

    http://toshuo.com/2009/pinyin-input-firefox-extension/

    Did the blue “pin” button appear in your status bar at all? If not, is it possible that you’re running a beta version of FF 3.1?

    If the “pin” is there, make sure the text you’re highlighting is a plain text field.

  4. Mark says:

    Jack, I didn’t intend for this to replace the pinyinput IME. I realize it has advantages for some users. I wrote it partially for my own use, and I was getting frustrated switching back and forth between IMEs when writing pinyin. I suppose it all depends on how you want to use it.

  5. Xuchen says:

    Hey Mark,

    When I installed it I got the little blue Pin in the bottom corner. My Firefox is up to date as far as I can tell.

    I was testing it in the Chinesepod comments section as well as here, both with no results. Which step am I missing?

    Thanks in advance

  6. Xuchen says:

    xiàn zài wǒ néng yòng

    thanks!!

  7. Joel says:

    I’ve been waiting for something like this for a long time. hěn róngyì!

  8. Chinamatt says:

    I’ve got the little blue box in the corner but it doesn’t do anything. Which version of Firefox does it need? I’m on 3.0.

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