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       DICLib_intro - dictionary access library introduction


       The  dictionary  access  library  provides basic functions for kana-kanji conversion.  The
       following files are prerequisite to using the dictionary access library:

       Header file
              An include file that contains data and function declarations for use by  the  kana-
              kanji conversion library.  Include this file at compile time.

              Kana-kanji conversion libraries.  Specify "-lcanna" at link time.


       The dictionary access library provides three major categories of functions:

       ¡¦ Code conversion functions

          Convert  character  string  codes  between double-width and single-width characters and
          between hiragana and katakana.  External data and  initialization  procedures  are  not

       ¡¦ Romaji-kana conversion functions

          Convert  Romaji  to  kana  by  using  a  Romaji-kana  conversion table that defines the
          correspondence between Romaji and kana.  The rules of  Romaji-kana  conversion  can  be
          altered by making modifications to this table.

       ¡¦ Kana-kanji conversion functions

          Convert  kana  to  kanji  through  continuous  clause  conversion by using a kana-kanji
          conversion dictionary that defines  the  correspondence  between  readings  and  words.
          Kana-kanji  conversion  can  be  performed  to  meet  specific  applications  by making
          modifications to this dictionary.

       Among all the functions of Japanese input processing,  this  library  performs  only  data
       conversion.  To be able to enter Japanese text from a keyboard, therefore, it is necessary
       for users to write a keyboard handling routine within the application program.

       ¡¦ Code conversion functions

          Rk(w)CvtZen           Convert ASCII characters and  single-width  katakana  to  double-
                                width characters.

          RkCvtHan              Convert  double-width symbols, alphanumeric characters, hiragana,
                                and katakana to single-width characters.

          RkCvtKana             Convert double-width hiragana to double-width katakana.

          RkCvtHira             Convert double-width katakana to double-width hiragana.

          RkCvtEuc              Convert shift JIS code to EUC code.

       ¡¦ Romaji-kana conversion functions

          RkOpenRoma            Open the dictionary to use for Romaji-kana conversion.

          RkCloseRoma           Close the dictionary used for Romaji-kana conversion.

          RkMapRoma             Perform Romaji-kana conversion by using a  specified  Romaji-kana
                                conversion dictionary.

          RkCvtRoma             Convert  an  entire  character  string  from  Romaji  to  kana by
                                iteratively using RkMapRoma.

       ¡¦ Kana-kanji conversion functions

          RkInitialize          Initialize the kana-kanji conversion functions.

          RkFinalize            Terminate the kana-kanji conversion functions.

          RkCreateContext       Create a new conversion context.

          RkDuplicateContext    Create a context having the  same  conversion  environment  as  a
                                specified context.

          RkCloseContext        Close a specified conversion context.

          RkGetDicList          Get  the  names  of   dictionaries  that  can  be  added  to  the
                                dictionary list.

          RkMountDic            Mount a dictionary in the dictionary list.

          RkGetMountList        Get  the  names  of  the  currently  mounted  dictionaries.   (or
                                characters for RkwResize)

          RkUnmountDic          Unmount a specified dictionary from the dictionary list.

          RkRemountDic          Alter   the  priority  order  of  a  dictionary  already  in  the
                                dictionary list.

          RkBgnBun              Convert the reading of a specified length to kanji.

          RkEndBun              Terminate kana-kanji conversion.

          RkGoTo                Set the clause with a specified  clause  number  as  the  current

          RkLeft                Move the current clause to the clause to its left.

          RkRight               Move the current clause to its right.

          RkXfer                Set  the  candidate  with  a  specified  candidate  number as the
                                current candidate.

          RkNext                Set the next candidate as the current candidate.

          RkPrev                Set the previous candidate as the current candidate.

          RkNfer                Set a reading itself as the current candidate.

          RkResize              Change the reading length of the current clause to len bytes.

          RkEnlarge             Enlarge the reading of the current clause.

          RkShorten             Shorten the reading of the current clause.

          RkStoreYomi           Change the reading of the current clause to a specified  reading,
                                reconverting the subsequent clauses.

          RkGetYomi             Get the reading of the current clause.

          RkGetKanji            Get the current candidate for the current clause.

          RkGetKanjiList        Get all kanji candidates for the current clause.

          RkGetStat             Get analysis information about the current candidate.

          RkGetLex              Get  morphemic information on each word that makes up the current

          RkDefineDic           Define a specified candidate in a dictionary.

          RkDeleteDic           Delete a specified candidate from a dictionary.