> From: Andrew Dunbar [mailto:hippietrail@...]

> I had not been aware until this moment that the terms
> "input method" and "IME" were not synonymous.

An input method is, well, a method for input of data. Pretty simple, eh?
An input method might be a keyboard layout, OCR, voice recognition,
handwriting recognition... Most of the time, we're interested in
keyboard input methods.

An IME is simply a particular type of (usually keyboard) input method.

See http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/reference/glossary.mspx#i

Peter Constable