Subject: Re: Tools for learning Japanese kanji
To: None <>
From: M. Warner Losh <>
List: regional-jp
Date: 07/07/2003 07:06:21
In message: <>
            Curt Sampson <> writes:
: On Sat, 5 Jul 2003, M. Warner Losh wrote:
: > I've been using kakasi to render readings of kanji in the Japanese
: > mail that I recieve.  However, I've often wanted something more.  I
: > use mew + emacs to read my mail.  I've often wanted the ability to
: > cause the kanji in the buffer to be rendered with furigana over them,
: > or have some 'automatic popup' mode that gives the furigana in a popup
: > window as the cursor flies over the kanji.  Is there anything at all
: > like that available?
: I don't know of any code that you can run yourself, but
: does exactly this for web pages or any text you care to type (or more
: likely paste) in. I once sent a note to the guy asking if we would
: care to make his code available, but he never replied.

OK.  I just got a furigana dictionary while I was recently in tokyo,
and it has helped me in two ways.  One: I seem to be learning the
'rarer' hiragana more quickly.  Two: I'm more convinced that the
'automatic' furigana mode in emacs is a good thing to pursue.

: > P.S.  I hope this is appropriate for this list.  If not, please accept
: > my appolgoies.
: This is exactly the sort of thing I'd hoped to see on this list.

Cool.  I saw many different input methods used in Japan, and I've come
to believe that the default mode in emacs is very sub-optimal...