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 . Write your Japanese characters one-at-a-time in the white box of the HWR Input 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, 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.)