Kanji direct input (Kanchoku)

(2007-04-03)

What is Kanchoku ?

Kanchoku is a method to input Kanji [= Chinese characters] directly from keyboard. Though inputing Kanji directly, you must not to hit Kuten-code [a number of 4 figures] or choose from Kanji-code-map. More easy way is devised.

Kind of Kanchoku

There are many kinds of Kanchoku. I tried to sort them (as they seems to me) 'easy to learn' or 'easy to type'.

Kana-Kan which may be used as Kanchoku

About 10 years ago, the Kana-Kan software that even Kanchoku is possible was sold in succession. However, the sales and support have ended now, regretfully. So, following article may not be so beneficial now. But I keep them just as a record of the situation of the Japanese input software in that time. The link that became ineffective was removed and some [comments] were attached in the necessary places.

Using those Kana-kanji conversion software, we were able to make them to Kanchoku at ease by defining how to hit Kanji in Roman characters table. The various setting data, was attached to Kana-Kanji convertion software and also was disclosed on Web.

Taking advantage of for this 10 years (it is almost agreeing with the period when PC that this installed Windows 95/98/Me diffused), even Kanchoku is beginning to diffuse sensibly.

Trial to add Kanchoku to normal Romaji

For the person who does not have to be taken up even what to there Kanchoku, there is the way that utilizes the combination of the key that does not use it for Roman characters input. It will be useful sufficient none the less, although be unable to define many Kanji and remain. Refer to " Addition of the Kanchoku to usually Roman characters input method" by Hiromasa Kawai.

Also, even the method that assigns Kanji on the basis of the such method -- Kana arrangement of 2 stroke systems that was developed in accordance with the characteristic of Japanese is conceivable.
It assumed that it is assigned many Kanji, as there are few combination of the key that use it for the input of Kana.

Trial to add Kanchoku to layout of Kana keyboard

It seems fairly difficult to load Kanchoku to the Kana arrangement of 1 stroke system. There is not the combination that is able to use it for 2 stroke input, because Kana is assigned to any key.
Therefore, it assumed to utilize the combination of the key (the shift key is included) that does not use to usual input or 'suspected 2 stroke input' that transforms to the Kanji after some strokes of Kana keys. However, it seems that the original merit of Kanchoku is not demonstrated sufficiently even either case.

Why do I use Kanchoku ?

It is the reason that I use Kanchoku, that I am able to input Kanji of as that planned certainly with few labor.
When I use Kanchoku, whether is able to be controlled with my hand to use which Kanji, how, because it is always able to inputs same Kanji with the regular stroke key without relying on the input situation in the past, the structure and meaning etc.
This is the free point of Kanchoku. Yet, to get this freedom about 1000 letter of Kanji of hitting I must master it.

How much hard to learn?

Finally, it's hard to learn Kanchoku as we get freedom. But do you see how much hard it is? Someone who has no experience of Kanchoku may think it's more hard than the fact.

So, I calculated the time costs on training. (Notes: I decide to think that a typist who can type without looking key-tops or figures of layout may be learnd enough, and Kanchoku has 1000 characters of 2 strokes.)

Number of keys
we must to learn
Cost of training
Romaji-input about 20 1
Kana-input about 50 2.5
Kanji-direct-input about 2000100

Those numbers is not so exact, but it may be a sketch.

It isn't sure that the number of keys relates with the cost of training. If it's right, a person who needs 3 hours to learn 'Romaji-Input', needs 300 hours to learn 'Kanchoku'. (Training 1 hour everyday for 10 months, it seems to be suitable for my experience.)
Please see the page of "Typing and input method" where summarized my thought with regard to the 'learning' (in Japanese).

Reduction and dispersion in practice time

I recommend the "Masuda method" (written in Japanese) that reduces practice time to, the one who thought that it is unreasonable to continue the practice in 1 exposure to the sun one hour even 10 months substantially.

Also, the person who is not able to practice continually shall try the method that the practice is interwoven to usual input.

I made the software that is useful for the reduction and dispersion in practice time. This software that was named "KanNavi" (written in Japanese) displays the stroke key figure even when you are not about to practice. Therefore, you do not need to continue to have the strong will to the practice. You are able to practice by continuing to use this software easily.

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