WWWJDIC HWR Interface
This page contains the text from the entry page for the handwriting
module. It is here to give users a chance to read it without invoking
Also, be warned.
- I (Jim) have run this module using Netscape
Communicator 4.0.5 on both a Sun and Win95. It worked on both, but with
Win95 it has crashed Netscape a few times, and Windows itself on
- It takes a while for the stroke data to load. Be patient.
- If you don't have the correct version of Java, you'll get a message
like: "HWRInput can't start: class HWRInput not found"
This interface employs a handwriting recognition input method for
several Japanese characters. Users can enter Japanese text
by writing the characters in the HWR Input Test window which will
place the recognized characters in the text field of the search form.
The Hiragana and Katakana recognition was developed at the UAMIS AI
Lab by Marshall
Ramsey and the Kanji recognition was developed by Todd David
Rudick (firstname.lastname@example.org) as part of his JavaDict project
that won first place at the ACM's Quest for Java '97
Write your Japanese characters one-at-a-time in the white box of the
HWR Input window. After writing a character, press the
corresponding to the type (i.e., Kanji, Hiragana, or Katakana). The
five best matching characters are displayed in a pull-down list at the
bottom of the window. Choose the character you wrote (the top choice
is selected by default) and it will be placed in the form after you
write another character or press the Force button. If the
character you wrote is not listed, select none from the list and
the character again. Press the Clear button if you make a mistake
while writing a character. After entering all the characters for your
query, select whether you want to search the EDICT dictionary, or look
up an individual kanji, then press the Submit button.
A new window will be displayed that shows the search results
from WWWJDIC itself.
(You may need to expand the HWR Input Test window if the
Force button is not visible.)
This program requires at least Netscape
4.0 with the
Java 1.1 patch. A Japanese font is also necessary to view Japanese
in both Netscape and Java. Free True Type Fonts are available from
the Monash ftp archive (MSGothic and MSMincho) and you may still be able
to get the
font. After installing the font, follow these steps to enable Netscape to view
Japanese Web pages:
UNIX users also need to copy the file font.properties.ja to
font.properties in the
directory. Be sure to rename or back-up the original
- Start Netscape.
- Select Edit-Preferences from the menu.
- Select Appearance-Fonts from the Category area in the dialog box.
- Choose Japanese encoding.
- Select the font you just installed for both variable and fixed
- Press the OK button.