Rabu, 02 November 2011

How to Type in Japanese

Step 1 : Installing MS-IME - Windows XP
1. Open Control Panel from Start menu.

2. Open "Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options".

3. Open "Add other language".

4. Click "Details...".

5. Click "Add..."

Do not change Default input language (English, in this example).

6. Select "Japanese"
Select "MS-IME (Microsoft IME Standard 2002)"

7. MS-IME is added.

When automatically installing Japanese fonts you will have Japanese Input System (MS-IME 2002),
while when manually installing you will have "Microsoft IME Standard" and "Microsoft Natural Input" installed.
We recommend you to use MS-IME Standard 2002 (MS-IME 2002).

Automatically installing Japanese fonts
Manually installing Japanese fonts
8. Confirm the Language Bar.

The Language Bar will appear on the taskbar at the right lower side of the display
or at the right upper side of the desktop.

Step 2 : How to Start Typing Japanese Mode
1. Start your word processing software or E-mail software.

Here will take Outlook Express (E-mail), which is a standard accessory for Windows XP, as an example.

2. Click Language mode "EN" of the Language Bar
Select "Japanese".

3. Language mode "EN" will be on Japanese mode "JP".

You can take the Language Bar out from the taskbar and display it
as a Floating Bar on the desktop.

Floating Bar

Click a small icon which is the next to the "CAPS"
"Language Bar" is stored on the taskbar.

The Languabe Bar stored on the taskbar.

4. Click the Input mode "A" and select "Hiragana"

If you set "non-Unicode Programs" which is an Option Step (See Index menu),
the menu of the Language Bar is in Japanese, if you do not take this option, it is in English.
5. This is Hiragana in put mode.

This is a standard input mode of Japanese language.
You can, of course, type not only Hiragana, but also Katakana and Kanji.

You can swtich between English mode and Japanese mode by a shortcut, "SHIFT" + "ALT".

Now, you are ready to type in Japanese.
Let try to type a Japanese word, "Hajimemashite".
6. Activate Outlook Express (E-Mail).
Select Japanese font.

Two font faces (4 fonts) are provided as as standard fonts of Windows.
Gothic is a Sans-serif font like Arial in English font.
Mincho is a Serif font like Time New Roman.
P in MS PGothic means "Proportional font".
Here will take MS PGothic.

If you set "non-Unicode Programs" which is an Option Step (See Index menu),
the font names are in Japanese, if you do not take this option, they are in English.
7. Type "hajimemashite (ha_ji_me_ma_shi_te)".

will appear on the screen in Hiragana.

At this point it is underlined.

8. Press Enter key.

The underline disappears and Japanese characters are typed in the document.

9. Send the e-mail.
Then, you may be asked if you send your e-mail as Unicode or not.
Select "Send As Unicode".

Unicode is Multilingual character code. Currently, most softwares support Unicode.

You can also change the configuration of your email software in order to avoide having the above message every time.
10. Click "Format"
Click "Encoding"

11. Click "More"

Please note down your default encoding before you change it.
In this case it is "Western European (ISO)".

12. Select "Unicode (UTF-8)"

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