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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:43 am    Post subject: How to type kana and kanji on a computer? Reply with quote
I'm fascinated about reading posters reply on this forum with kana and kanji... Shocked

Seems a stupid question, but how do you do it? Do you use a special, adapted Japanese keyboard, or what?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
If you are using a Microsoft OS, you need to get yourself an IME (Input Method Editor). You can download the software from MS at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie6/downloads/recommended/ime/default.mspx Once this is installed, you just click on the JP for Japanese and type the words phonetically using your keyboard.

If you are using a Mac, you need a Japanese Language kit and can get info about that probably on Apple's Mac website.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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If you are using a Mac, you need a Japanese Language kit and can get info about that probably on Apple's Mac website.

I run both systems, and must say that the Mac is somewhat easier to work with than the Microsuck IME.
It also comes with the OS now (OS9+ and OSX) and need only be installed. I was pissed back in the day, because I purchased an expensive Japanese Language Kit and installed it back when I ran OS8, and the very next OS had it built right in! GRR!!!
There are some differences in how each work, and the coding can be different. Especially if you build web pages with two-byte characters like kanji.
For some reason, UTF8 and UTF16 are not fully supported in either editor, but I can say with the Mac, that the integration seems to be much easier and more intuitive to use.
Once running, kanji can be placed in line, with a simple keystroke, and copied to the clipboard. I have folders labled in Japanese and Chinese (Chinese is just as easy on a Mac), and nearly every program (including those from adobe) seems to be able to handle the kanji.
For the Microsuc IME, look here for instructions on implementation.
http://www.declan-software.com/japanese_ime/
The declan site is trying to sell you software, but the instructions are top-notch and useful.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
For quickie kana conversion, use this:

http://www.mauvecloud.net/charsets/fastromaji.html
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I found some more useful info for the Mac users of Asian fonts.
http://redcocoon.org/cab/mysoft.html
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http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=50037

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Wow, this Kotoeri is great! Who knew I had such a vast Japanese language resource sitting there in my Mac OS!

Thanks, Date-san. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
takuan wrote:
Wow, this Kotoeri is great! Who knew I had such a vast Japanese language resource sitting there in my Mac OS!

Thanks, Date-san. Very Happy


You have the tools...I simply unrolled the scroll...I do tend to favor Kotoeri over Microsuc IME...but that is just me...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ok, so for the first time in a decade, I have no idea how to install Japanese fonts/ability to type in Japanese on my new Windows 7 laptop. The "help" sections are really no help, and all I can figure is that it seems that if you don't spend $200 on Windows Ultimate, you just plain can't use Japanese. Anyone have any insights?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
After poking around for about an hour, I found out you have to change the "keyboard or other input methods" --> "change system locale" to Japan. Definitely not as easy to figure out as XP.
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