Japanese in Mac OS X

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  1. zarusoba macrumors 6502

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    Can anyone give me simple instructions for typing Japanese in Mac OS X (10.3.9)?

    I've got the International Preferences configured correctly and I can type Hiragana and Katakana.

    How do I convert a Hiragana word into Kanji? I've done it before with Japanese keyboards, but this is my first time trying with a Roman-only keyboard.

    F7 converts Hiragana into Katakana, but which key do I use to convert Hiragana into Kanji?

    Yoroshiku!

    (I was surprised at how unhelpful Apple Help is on this one.)
     
  2. zarusoba thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Kanji

    Oh, I see. The space bar converts type to Kanji. Any other tips would be appreciated.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Really? I thought it was very intuitive....

    When you are typing in hiragana, you type a word or phrase phonetically. When you are ready to convert to kanji, you press the space bar. If the default is not the correct one, you can use the down / up arrows to change the selection. In cases where you have several words / elements to separately transliterate, you use the left/right keys to move between which elements you want to transliterate.

    From memory, this is almost identical to the J-IME in Windows, isn't it?

    Or am I completely misunderstanding what you want to do? :(
     
  4. zarusoba thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Kanji

    Thanks for that.

    (Japanese keyboards have specific keys for conversion, so it's a bit easier.)
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Ahhh, I see... did you have one for your Windows computer? You could buy one for your Mac, or else plug your Windows one in, if it's a USB keyboard...
     

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