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Erlkönig: Kana's Kanji Origins

A long, drawn-out experiment in producing a unicode kana/kanji table, using only HTML's � notation instead of images. Key progress retardant: searching individual, anonymous kanji in a list of 50,000.
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Hiragana/Katakana with Kanji of Origin
日本語のひらがなカタカナ

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Links to kanji descriptions are still pending.

The last five kanji found were trivially located phonetically using the guile multinational input system in emacs 21.2, saved in EUC-JP, and then converted to unicode values through a roundabout mechanism of translating the EUC-JP webpage to UTF-8 using the Plan9 project's tcs program, with the resulting bytes recalculated into hexadecimal codes for HTML character entities via emacs' C-x = command and bc.

Since emacs' support for unicode UTF-8 kanji was still fledgeling (allowing easy editing but inexplicably refusing to save in the UTF-8 encoding if characters in certain code ranges are present), the japanese sentence near the top was converted from ISO-2022-JP to UTF-8 using tcs, then copied into this webpage as raw data. Such circumlocutions should no longer be necessary with modern versions of GNU emacs (around version 21.3.50 and later), which can save directly into Unicode UTF-8 encoding. In such versions, see the docs for `M-x set-input-method', `M-x set-buffer-file-coding-system'.

The following EMACS LISP code fragment can also be useful:

; available in emacs 21.3.50+
(if (boundp' utf-translate-cjk-mode)
	(utf-translate-cjk-mode 1))
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