On Aug 10, 2005, at 9:27 PM, suzmccarth wrote:

> Sorry I can't remember anything useful. I think a Japanese IME
> converts hiragana to mixed kana and kanji if you want. The idea is
> that you do not need to know the kanji because the computer will do
> the conversion for you. So if you want to look very eduacated in kanji
> you can do so without actually having an active knowledge of kanji. Of
> course, you would want to know what you have written - sounds a little
> tricky to me.

It doesn't quite work this way because there are too many ambiguities
in Japanese. You do have to know enough kanji to select among the
various alternatives the computer has picked for you.

John H. Jenkins