Japanese HWR Demo
This program demonstrates a handwriting recognition input method for
several Japanese search engines. Users can enter Japanese queries
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
Ruddick as part of his JavaDict project that won first place at the ACM's Quest for Java '97 Contest.
The HWR system is not endorsed or developed by any of the search engines. Please do not ask them for support.
Write your Japanese characters one-at-a-time in the white box of the
HWR Input Test window. After writing a character, press the button
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 write
the character again. Press the Clear button if you make a mistake
while writing a character. After entering all the characters for your
query, press the button to the right of the text field in the search
form. A new window will be displayed that shows the search results
from the search engine.
You may need to expand the HWR Input Test window if the Force button is not visible.
This program requires Netscape 4.0 with the
Java 1.1 patch. A Japanese font is also necessary to view Japanese
in both Netscape and Java. A free True Type Font is available from
Union Way. 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 <netscape-install-directory>/java/classes
directory. Be sure to rename or back-up the original font.properties file.
- 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 widths.
- Press the OK button.
This program has been tested on Windows 95/NT and SGI IRIX.