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More Kotoeri (Japanese input) tips System 10.5
Some more quick tips for Japanese input methods with OS X. This works for 10.4, 10.5. Probably works for 10.3 as well, but I haven't verified this. Note that in OS X 10.5, there is a fair amount of (Japanese) Koeteri input method help in English accessible by choosing 'Koeteri Help' in the Input menu. In previous systems (10.4 and older), this help was only available in Japanese. Now for the tips...

If you type something in Japanese using Romaji input (big 'A' selected in the input menu droplet) and while the input still has a dark black underline (i.e. turn on Romaji input: Command-Space (must be changed from Spotlight's default)), you can switch modes between katakana, hiragana, expanded roman characters, and roman characters by holding down Option-Tab. Thus, typing in a phrase while in Japanese mode, the katakana version of the English word 'support' (i.e. Apple Support -- sapo-to), you can change modes as long as the text is underlined:
  • さぽーと (hiragana input)
  • サポート (katakana)
  • SAPO−TO (expanded roman)
  • SAPO-TO (condensed roman)

If holding down Option-Tab to switch between the modes is too tedious, you can also use:
  • Control-K to go to katakana
  • Control-L to full width romaji
  • Control-; to romaji
  • Control-J to hiragana
If you want to convert from kanji to romaji, you can highlight the character and choose reverse conversion, following the shortcuts listed in the input menu, i.e. Control-Shift-Y: 私は highlighted, and then Control-Shift-Y becomes わたしは.

If you want a list of possible conversions, you can highlight the kanji and then do Control-Shift-R: 私は highlighted and then Control-Shift-R shows a pop-up list which will include choices such as ワタシは.

Other tricks for Japanese input: Any punctuation typed while inputing Japanese will cause the Koeteri input method to try and generate the appropriate Kanji/Japanese characters. In 10.5, if the primary language is English, you can also use Koeteri's auto-input function for frequently-used kanji when it prompts the user (in English) in a superscript for commonly-used kanji phrases. In 10.4 and older systems, this function is available but in Japanese prompts.
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Authored by: Stormchild on Mar 20, '08 08:18:59AM

Good stuff! Thanks.

I'm a big fan of Kotoeri. It has evolved into a very powerful system not only for input but even conversion and transliteration.

The new Japanese dictionaries in the Dictionary that comes with Leopard are excellent as well. They work with the usual pop-up dictionary command (Command-Control-D), so you can easily look up words in webpages, text files, emails, etc., and it all ties into the same system.

Try it here (it even recognizes okurigana). Hover your mouse cursor over any part of this sentence (fragment), and press Control-Command-D:


(If it's not working, make sure the "Look up in Dictionary" keyboard shortcut is enabled in System Preferences > Mouse & Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts).

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Authored by: AlyciaAnimation on Mar 20, '08 11:29:06AM

Cool tip, I never knew that before.

When I use control+Cmd+D it works fine for English Words, but not Japanese. It says "no entries found". Do I have to enable or download a Japanese Dictionary?

Thanks :)

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Authored by: spiff on Mar 20, '08 12:17:12PM

I've enabled the dictionaries in the dictionary application and those changes 'stick' with the pop up version too. Note that by holding down cmd-ctrl-d you also get a minor 'pop-down' menu at the bottom of the pseudo-window that lets you choose what dictionaries you want it to use.

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Authored by: Chas on Mar 20, '08 03:33:19PM

Oh man, that is the best Mac Japanese trick I've seen in ages, and I thought I knew it all, I go back to KanjiTalk 6. I had no idea you could enable a Japanese dictionary, it was there and I didn't even know it. It works great, now a JE dict is always one click away. Thanks for the tip.

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Authored by: AlyciaAnimation on Mar 20, '08 01:33:56PM

Never mind. I found it in the Preferences of the Dictionary app :)

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Authored by: TokyoJimu on Mar 21, '08 01:44:20AM

Small correction:

When you're in romaji Japanese input mode, the menu bar will show a katakana 'あ', not an 'A'.

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Authored by: Stormchild on Mar 21, '08 04:34:40PM

Actually that's wrong. This is what the input menu displays for each mode:

A (Serif): Romaji
A (Sans-serif): Full-width Romaji
あ: Hiragana
ア: Katakana
ア: Half-width Katakana

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