a new JIS is now on public review
JSA (Japanese Standards Association) has been working on a draft for a
new JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) for
Format for information interchange for dictionaries of
Japanese Input Methods
of which the public review is announced during the period of
Oct 1, 1996 -- Dec 27, 1996.
Where to contact
The public review draft (written in Japanese) can be obtained from
kkcwchg.sjs (Shift-Jis encoded)
kkcwchg.euc (EUC encoded)
kkcwchg.jis (JIS encoded)
http://www.etL.go.jp/Societies/jis/ (this page also in Japanese only)
The authentic printed version can be obtained from secretariat
Japanese Standards Association (NIHON KIKAKU KYOUKAI) INSTAC,
DEN-BUN WG3 (KANA-KANJI-HENKAN)
c/o Mr. Yasunao OGASAWARA, Ms. Mayumi YAMAUCHI
Minato-Ku, Akasaka 4-1-24, Tokyo 107 JAPAN
FAX +81-3-3582-0844 (NB. not 3583)
Comments and/or questions are welcome at
mailto:[log in to unmask]
NB. Comments and questions received may be cited (anonymously) in the
Rationale to the to-be standard. Replies to the questions may not be
done directly nor promptly, instead they may be incorporated into the
``Japanese Input Methods'' (KANA-KANJI-HENKAN) are softwares to
facilitate inputting Japanese, especially by converting KANA strings
into KANJI strings looking up dictionaries.
o dictionaries so far have been incompatible, thus the contents cannot
o format of the dictionaries are not always disclosed. This makes the
o even if the formats are disclosed, dictionaries must be re-formatted
each time to be imported into each Input Method when distributed
(freely or commercially). This makes the interchange unnecessarily
expensive, commercial attempts inactive.
This new JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) expects to be used in, eg.
o information sharing
o moving contents from one Input Method to another
o publishing dictionaries electronically
o lexical standardizing among co-authors
Comments and/or questions are preferred to be accompanied by your name,
affiliation, and address and/or e-mail to contact.
Your contribution will be greatly appreciated.
(as-is distribution of this article is, of course, welcome)
Masayuki TOYOSHIMA / [log in to unmask] / FAX +81-3-5974-3838
Institute for the study of languages and cultures of Asia and Africa
Tokyo university of foreign studies / Kita-Ku, Nishi-ga-hara,
Tokyo 114 JAPAN