This is the first version of the program which allows to send and receive Japanese E-mails
from non Japanese computer and consequently it may contain several bugs. For this reason,
if you need to send or receive an important letter, we recommend not to use our program: we cannot guarantee it.
If you don't know our service, please connect to our main page to learn it.
If your computer is able to process Japanese characters,
you should go to the manual of webmail version of hikyaku.
If you have encountered any problems by using our program, please post your message onto
our Japanese forum or
look at Frequently asked questions.
If you have not yet got an e-mail account on our hikyaku server,
go to Creating hikyaku's mailbox
and follow the instruction there.
You will receive an user name and its password at your current e-mail address.
After having connected to Japanese e-mailer's program,
you will receive soon a warning message. It is because sending and receiving messages
from a java applet are considered privileged operations and your agreement is necessary to go further.
Please answer "yes" ("grant" for Netscape version). If you have already answered no, you should reload that page.
Click on the refresh button of your browser while keeping down the control key
(Reload button + Shift key for Netscape).
The pop-up menu at the top-left corner allows you to switch between incoming and outgoing mail mode.
The third mode, "archive mode" will be explained in a separate manual.
In order to type Japanese characters, you should check "Japanese" checkbox.
Otherwise, Roman characters will be typed. If "Autoremove" is checked,
your mails will be deleted from the server when you read them.
Standard hikyaku mailer has now the fourth command. By choosing "Address Book", you can
access your own address book, everywhere in the world. Its functions are explained in
a separate manual. Moreover the new version manages 3 kinds of characters:
Japanese characters, Romaji characters (English characters but coded in double bytes)
and English characters (standard single byte mode).
"Send Button" is used for sending a selected message. "New Button" creates a new mail without content and
"Erase Button" erases the selected message. Finally, "Find Button" is used for finding kanji characters
by 4 different access methods: By strokes, By components, By pronunciation and By meaning (English).
Outgoing mail server's name is smtp.hikyaku.com. You should not modify it.
Your email address looks like "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Standard hikyaku mailer has now a new interface. You can add your correspondent's name
and your own, though they are optional parameters. The "to Address" button allows you to add the destination
address to your address book.
"Receive Button" is used for receiving mails from your correspondents.
"to Archives Button" is used for copying the content of a received mail
to "Archive mode's panel" in order to prepare to save it into hikyaku server.
"Delete Button" deletes the selected message from the mail server.
"Reply Button" creates a new mail by copying the content of the selected message.
You will be then switched to "outgoing mail mode's panel" to send effectively the reply
after adding possibly your comment.
Incoming mail server's name is pop.hikyaku.com.
You should not modify it. The sender's address will be filled up by the program
itself when the messages received.
Standard hikyaku mailer has now a new interface. It displays the sender's name
as well as his address. The "to Address" button allows you to add the sender's
address to your address book.
By pushing on the pop-up menu at the top right corner,
you can choose one of 4 different methods to attain a kanji character:
By strokes, By components, By pronunciation or By meaning (English).
Once fixed the access method, push on "Find Button" at the left
or use the scroll bar at the right to find the group of kanji you are looking for.
Click on the top right panel if the group is not yet selected,
then click on a kanji you wish to insert by using the panel below.
The 5th menu is for selecting Japanese punctuation symbols while 6th is for selecting kanji characters via FEP
, of which explanation is available below.
By pushing on "New Button" in outgoing mail mode, you can create an "untitled" mail without content.
If "Japanese" checkbox is checked, an equivalent word in Japanese "mudai" appears.
Click again on "untitled", a blinking insertion point appears on the title panel.
You can then replace "untitled" by a real title.
After having composed the title, click on the content panel at the bottom.
A blinking insertion point appears now. If the word "Japanese" is unchecked,
you type directly Roman characters. Otherwise, a new window will be popped out
when you type a Roman character.
You are now adding Japanese characters by using Romaji input method.
By clicking on "Insert button", you will see a hiragana or katakana string inserted
with a yellow background.
Now "space bar" allows to activated a FEP (front end processor)
which tries to find the nearest kanji corresponding to
hiragana or katakana string you have just inserted. The background is now green.
By continuing to push "space bar",
you can see other choices of kanji characters, if they exist.
In order to validate your choice, push on "Enter" key.
You can also choose one of kanji characters from the kanji panel on the right.
Cntl+"k" key allows you to transform all hiragana characters in a selected zone to katakana characters.
On the contrary, Cntl+"h" transforms all katakana to hiragana.
After having selected a hiragana or katakana string, push Cntl+"f" key.
You will see then all "kanji" characters with this pronunciation displayed on the right.
Click then on kanji character you wish to replace kana string by it.
You are now ready to send the mail you have just composed.
Put yourself in "Outgoing mail mode" if not yet done.
Fill up your email address as well as your corespondent's,
then push on "Send Button". Sometimes, the program requests you to read mails before sending yours.
It is in order to protect our mail server against an abuse.
Put yourself in "Incoming mail mode" and try to read mails even if you expect nothing.
Finally, don't forget to uncheck the word "Japanese", if you wish to send a pure English text.
If you wish to receive mails, put yourself in "Incoming mail mode", then fill up your "user name" and password
before clicking on "Receive Button".
Please note that if you wait for mails written in European languages with diacritic symbols such as German or French,
you should go to native mode mailer in order to display those symbols.
Finally, the word "Autoremove" should remain unchecked if you don't know in which language the coming mails have been written or
if you wish to read them again (for example, later in your home with Outlook Express-J).
By using classic "Edit Commands", you can exchange text data with other applications.
"Copy Command" will be activated by Cntl+"c", "Paste Command" by Cntl+"v",
and "Cut Command" by Cntl+"x". The format used by those operations is unicode:
it is also used by "MS global IME" and Japanese word processors in Japanese Windows.
Those commands don't work in Netscape on no Japanese Windows for exchange of Japanese
characters (they will be all replaced by '?'). If you want to exchange text data with JWP
(popular free Japanese word processor) or KanjiWord, you have to use other keys:
F2 for Cut, F3 for Copy and F4 for Paste.
Please note that you have to explicitly grant an access to the clipboard of your computer
for the Netscape version, while for MS Explorer it should be automatic.
Please also note that if you wish to import Roman characters with diacritic symbols
such as "c cedille" or "u umlaut" by using "Paste Command", you should uncheck the word
"Japanese" at the top of applet, unless the program should confuse them with Japanese characters.