Kanji Lookup Documentation

This describes a bit about the particulars of Jeffrey's Kanji Lookup Server.

There are two basic ways to find a kanji, via some reference (its encoding, or perhaps its index number in one of various dictionaries), or by describing some aspect of the character.

%if $is_ENTER || $is_QUEPASA || $is_QUETZAL There are two more search methods: A third, more direct way if you already have the kanji character available on your computer screen, and are wishing to paste that into a basic search box to retrieve information about it. Note that you need to use one of the encodings that this server supports, not the default graphical-only option; The fourth method is a specialized version of the Cull method, but is limited to a search by radical using a visual manner. %endif

By Reference

The following references are supported:

Search via Description

This is the real power... you can describe various things you know about a character to bring it up. The more you describe, the more detailed the search will be. Only characters that match all the points you enter will be selected. To help limit the overall search to ``interesting'' characters, you can have it search only a subset of all 6000+ characters in the database: %if $is_ENTER || $is_QUEPASA || $is_QUETZAL

By Cut 'n' Paste

This is probably one of the simplest methods to do a lookup for a kanji: just select or cut and paste the character (and just one) into the text box, optionally select JIS-X-0212 searches, and see if it turns up in the kanji database(s).

By Search by Radical Using Visual Means

This feature will challenge you to be able to discern what radical you think the kanji could be classed as. This is because the fonts on a computer screen as well as across various operating systems can vary. But if you think you know what radical the kanji could be classified by, then give that search a shot! %if !$option{'encoding'} However, your browser doesn't seem to support any of the encodings this server supports, or at least you haven't selected this. Without picking one of them, you can't use these last two features. %else Since you are using some kind of encoding (JIS, EUC, Shift-JIS or UTF-8), this shouldn't be a problem. %endif %endif

A Word on JIS X 0212 Kanji

JIS X 0212 kanji isn't as widely supported on all operating systems as JIS X 0208 is. As a result, if you are using some kind of encoding (JIS, EUC or Shift-JIS), you may find that some characters may not appear. In cases like this, there are two alternatives. Use the graphical-only support that this server supplies, or use the UTF-8 encoding, and the character should come up.

A Word on JIS X 0213 Kanji

Yet less widely known, JIS X 0213 is another extension of kanji characters, this time numbering just under 1000. Again, some characters may not appear in your web browser, this despite the good work of even The Unicode Consortium. NOTE: To search this file, you must use the UTF-8 encoding-side of the J-E server. The dictionary file is in UTF-8 encoding. JIS X 0213 is meant to replace the rarely used JIS X 0212 standard.

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