When kinput2 is engaged, text entered in lowercase is phonetically converted to hiragana. Uppercase text is converted to katakana. The nifty feature of kinput2 is that when you press Line Feed, whatever text you entered is converted from kana to kanji. Since the Japanese language is rich in homophones, the kanji which results may differ from what was desired. In this case, press Line Feed again, and a selection of kanji will be presented. Select the desired kanji with the mouse, or use the keypad arrow keys followed by the Return key.
The following example demonstrates kinput2:
Inserting text in stevie:
The box (which reads "Roama") indicates that kinput is active. Type "nihonnniikitai":
Press Line Feed:
Not quite what was wanted, press Line Feed again:
Select the desired choice and press Return:
Type "." then Shift-Space:
Additional kinput2 commands include
Tab toggle Romaji, Narrow English, Wide English Shift-Esc select from various symbol characters F1 convert entry to Katakana F2 convert entry to Hiragana F3 convert entry to Narrow Katakana F4 convert back to Normal Katakana, after F3 F5 toggle Romaji, JIS Code keyboard entry F6 toggle Romaji, unknown keyboard entry Line Feed convert to kanji (first time) display alternate kanji (second time) Keypad arrows navigate composed line and alternate choice menu Right arrow accept entry, limit conversion to subsequent text
Effective use of kinput2 may require some trial-and-error learning. A basic grasp of Japanese grammer is more or less mandatory in order to achieve desired kanji conversions.
Important: Don't enter too much before pressing Line Feed. Press the Right arrow as soon as you have characters you want to keep, and they will be excluded from conversion next time you use Line Feed. Also, you may want to enter words which most naturally translate to your desired kanji, rather than the actual words the kanji will represent. For example, an easy way to enter "isshokenmei" is "ichi", Line Feed, "sei", Line Feed, "kenmei". Merely typing "Issho" and Line Feed will not provide the desired kanji.
Eric Anderson -- CSE Systems Support Group
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