Write Japanese - Macro for Word 97
This software is currently configured for Hiragana and Katakana only.
Kanji are not supported yet.
In case you decide to download and install the described software, please
read this whole page thoroughly before installation - it might be
wise to print it out.
2004-08-02: Feedback form
2002-08-06 (V 0.04f): Continuous loop error while starting the macro from "ChinJap.dot"
without previous installation solved.
2002-07-23 (V 0.04e1): New version of template "ChinJap", in WritJap97 only changed reference to
this web site.
2001-11-22: New version of template "ChinJap" (Changes in Chinese part only).
2001-11-04: New version of template "ChinJap" (Changes in Chinese part only).
2001-10-25 (V 0.04e): Internal changes (enables switching to Chinese, cf. template "ChinJap" below).
If you are using the software already, you should download a newer version
of the template and configuration files from time to time, to stay up to date.
The software - the macro - is stored in the template.
Installation of update: After downloading the EXE-files execute them and enter the
same directory as destination that you entered in the first installation
(e.g. if you specified "C:\Program Files" in the first installation, which
made the software to be installed into "C:\Program Files\WritChin97", you'll
have to enter "C:\Program Files" in every update). The update should be finished after
the files have been extracted. To be sure, check the version number next time you use
The operating system must be Windows 95 or later. This requirement is mainly
due to the next point (Word 97). As long as you use the English version, the language
of the installed system shouldn't matter (Language can be changed to German
in the "Menu", if you need it, but the German "Umlaute" might not be displayed
correctly if you don't have a German version of Windows).
MS-Word must be installed, at least MS-Word 97 (e.g. included in Office 97).
MS-Word 2000 and MS-Word XP will do as well.
For Windows versions that are restricted to European characters the Microsoft
FarEast Support must be installed, too
(Only (!!!) for Office-97). This can be found on any Office CD in a directory
"FarEast" underneath "CDExtra" or so (Sorry, I've never had an English Office CD).
The FarEast Support pack makes it possible to display
far eastern characters and supports several character sets. If you do not
want to install all of the four of them (Japanese, Korean, traditional
Chinese and simplified Chinese), you should at least install the Japanese Font
(Font: "MS Mincho"). If you have Office 2000, you can install "international support"
from the installation menu ("Office->Tools->International support" or so).
If you have Office XP, I can not really help you, because I have never installed
it, but it should be quite alike.
For an initial installation download the complete version. The file is
a self-extracting archive.
Run the self-extracting EXE-file (double click). Now, a directory "WritJap97"
will be created underneath a directory that you can select. This directory
contains, partly in subdirectories, all of the files that this macro needs.
Open the file "WritJapEn.doc" in the extracted directory (not via a shortcut!).
You might get a warning that the document contains a macro. If you do not select
"activate macro", the macro cannot work. The author of the software does not intend to
spread a virus, but he cannot rule out the possibility that the software contains any virus.
So far, there hav been no such problems.
This document ("WritJapEn.doc") contains a description of the installation procedure.
Here a short summary: In the command bar that includes the font setting, you will find
a new button( ).
The first time ou use it, some information is written into the registry
(Key "\\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Write Japanese").
In case you are prompted to enter a directory, enter the complete path up to the
"WritJap97" (if you entered "C:\Program Files" for extraction, enter
"C:\Progam Files\WritJap97" here).
If, for whatever reasons, this doesn't work and you are prompted repeatedly to enter
the directory, although you entered the correct path, press "cancel" and enter the path
manually into the registry: run "regedit" ("Start->Run: regedit"), browse in the left
window to "\\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Write Japanese", click into the right window
with the right mouse button, choose "New->String", enter "Directory" as name and confirm
with the enter key. Then double click on the new entry "Directory", enter the path
(e.g. "C:\Program Files\WritJap97" in the example above) and excuse the trouble.
For pragmatic reasons you should create a shortcut to the template ("WritJap.dot")
in the template directory of MS Office, so that you can easily create a new
document containing the macro by using "File->New" in the Word menu.
To do this, open both the directory "WritJap97" and the template directory (probably
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates") and pull the template "WritJap.dot"
with the right mouse button into the template directory. A popup menu should appear,
where you should select "Create shortcut".
As the programming of this software is not finished yet, there might be some changes
done after creating the complete version (cf. the date in the table below, in front of
the size given). In this case you should install the newer parts.
To do this, download the newer part and run the self-extracting archive. Enter the same
destination as before, above "WritJap97" (Important: The template can only be
overwritten if it is not in use, which implies that no document must be opened that
is based on this template !!!).
The macro is installed now. If you create a new document basing on the template
"WritJap.dot", it will contain the new button.
The first step to uninstall is to remove all shortcuts you have created.
Use "regedit" to remove the key "\\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Write Japanese".
Remove the directory "WritJap97" that was created during installation, and
The software is very much self-descriptive. In the beginning, most important are
the buttons labelled "+" and "-". They are used to change the size of the program window.
If you want to (or have to) change them manually, you can do it in the Windows registry
(Start->Run: "regedit"), in the entry "ZoomFactor" of the key
"\\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Write Japanese". Default value is 100.
To end the macro, use the key labelled "x" in the upper left corner.
||WJ V 0.04f for
Word97 (2002-08-06, 102709 Bytes, ca. 100,30 KB)
||WJ V 0.04f Template
(2002-08-06, 87308 Bytes, ca. 85,26 KB)
|Template for both Chinese and Japanese
(Needs WritJap97 and WritChin97
, latest version, installed)
V WC09996z4-WJ004f template (2002-08-06, 236248 Bytes, ca. 230,71
One source for the Japanese characters was the "Skript
für die Sprachkurse Japanisch I-III der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität
Mainz" (script for language courses Japanese I-III of the Johannes Gutenberg-University
Mainz), compiled by Marion Grein, Eva v. Schlabrendorff and Keiko Wiskamp (February 2000),
and Langenscheidt's "Handbuch und Lexikon der japanischen Schrift - Kanji und Kana 1 - Handbuch"
("Handbook and dictionary of Japanese characters - Kanji and Kana 1 - Handbook)",
Berlin: Langenscheidt, 4. Edition, 2000, ISBN 3-468-49388-6.
Questions, suggestions, criticism, thanks:
Questions, suggestions, criticism and thanks to
Christian Hinz, please.
The author cannot guarantee that the software is free of faults, nor
that the data contained are complete or free of errors. He can only emphasize
that he wrote this software for his own use, that he tried hard to wipe
out all defects that he found, and that he entered the translations diligently.
Besides, he does not intend to spread any computer virus or anything alike.
Still, he cannot guarantee that no virus has found its way into this software.
A feedback form can be found here.
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Last change: 2004-04-03, Christian Hinz