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Chapter 5 Japanese Input Methods

UnionWay Japanese System provides the Roma-Kanji, Kana-Kanji and Shift-JIS code input methods. In addition, any new Japanese input method such as English-Japanese can be added into UnionWay Japanese system.

IME Parameter Setting

The default input method of UnionWay Japanese system is English. Click the task bar icon with the left mouse button will activate the IME Configuration dialog box:

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There are three pages with their own page tag in the IME Configuration dialog box, the first is Input Method page for specifying all the input parameters; the second is Keyboard page displaying the keyboard map of the current input method; and the third is Option page.

Roma-Kanji Input Method

Roma-Kanji Japanese FEP provides Romaji to Kanji input method. Press Ctrl+Space or Ctrl+Shift to activate Roma-Kanji FEP.

You could input the Roman characters and it will automatically change into Japanese Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji characters via a phonetic conversion process.

Here is an example:

Type the following characters: WATASHIHA

As you type, the FEP converts the Roman characters into the Hiragana characters.

Press the space bar. This tells the FEP to convert the Hiragana text into Kanji text. The FEP will search its dictionary for the Hiragana text you entered, and if found, display the first candidate of the possible conversions for the text. You will see the following text:

Since there are many homonyms in Japanese, the conversion which first appears when you press the space bar may not be the one you want. In that case, pressing the space bar again tells the FEP to find an alternative conversion (if possible). #9;

You could move the cursor key to select new alternative and press the Enter key to accept the conversion. The kanji text will be inputted into the current Windows application.

When you see the status window of Roma-Kanji FEP,

you could press Ctrl +Fx (x is 1 to 8) to change the default settings of Roma-Kanji FEP.

For example, press Ctrl+F8 to activate the UW-Roma-Kanji user dictionary manager which allows you to add or delete phrase in the dictionary.

When you input Romaji and see the conversion window of Roma-Kanji FEP,

you could press Fx (x is 1 to 8) to change the input text. For example, press F6 to change input to Hiragana, press F7 to change input to Katakana,

press F8 to change input to half-size Katakana.

For input Japanese symbol characters, you could type KIGOU, to get

Then, press F1 to get

Press cursor key or to select the symbol you want and then press Enter key to send it to current Windows application.

You could also press cursor key to get net group of choice,

Kana-kanji input method

For using Kana input method, you could click Keyboard Map button to find the current keyboard layout.

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You could type Kana code to input Japanese. Using number key 1 to 8 or function key F1 to F8 to pick the number one to number eight word (or phrase) to current Windows application.

Shift-JIS Input Method

You could type Shift-JIS code to input Japanese in this input method. Usually, you could use this input method to input Japanese symbol characters (type 81 - 84).

To input image10.JPG (4174 bytes) symbol, first select the S-JIS input method and type 8

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then type 1

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then type 5

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then type 8

image10.JPG (4174 bytes) will be sent to current Windows application.

Input Using Clipboard

The very last item in the IME Configuration dialog box is:

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This is not a default option.

UnionWay Asian system provides this option to use the Clipboard as a stepping board to inputting Chinese, Japanese and Korean words, avoiding the Auto Correct (or Auto Spelling Check) feature that is in some of the word processing application program such as MS-Word, WordPerfect, etc.

The Auto Correct feature often make some unwanted correction to the CJK words causing erroneous display. With this option enabled, the input to the word processor is actually first made to the clipboard, then sending the same input into the word processing program. Since the input is coming from the clipboard, the Auto Correct feature will not make additional changes to the input. Of course, you can also turn off the Auto Correct feature in the word processing program to avoid correction completely.

If you want to know how to turn off Auto Correct feature in the MS-Word, please read the Q & A Chapter.

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