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Mechanism for Efficient Japanese Input

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116962D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kawachiya, K: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism to improve the efficiency of Japanese input. The key point is to change the shape of the input cursor in accordance with the "input mode" of Kana-to-Kanji transformation, as shown in Fig. 1. With this mechanism, user can easily know current input mode without moving his eyes to the status line.

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Mechanism for Efficient Japanese Input

      Disclosed is a mechanism to improve the efficiency of Japanese
input.  The key point is to change the shape of the input cursor in
accordance with the "input mode" of Kana-to-Kanji transformation, as
shown in Fig. 1.  With this mechanism, user can easily know current
input mode without moving his eyes to the status line.

      Fig. 2 shows the sample implementation of this mechanism.  When
Kana-to-Kanji transformation is inactive, ordinary underline cursor
is used as shown in Fig. 2 (a).  In this mode, alphanumeric
characters are inputdirectly.  When Kana-to-Kanji transformation
(Japanese in put method) is activated, the cursor shape is changed to
double underline as shown in Fig. 2 (b).  By seeing the cursor shape,
user can know that the input is treated as "pre-edit string" for the
transformation.  The proposed mechanism can coexist with the usual
"insert-mode" cursor, as shown in Fig. 2 (c) and (d).

       By using more cursor shapes, the mechanism can provide more
information, for example, detailed modes of Japanese input or other
system statuses.