Japanese characters in R

Description

The implementation of Hershey vector fonts provides a large number of Japanese characters (Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji).

Details

Without keyboard support for typing Japanese characters, the only way to produce these characters is to use special escape sequences: see Hershey.

For example, the Hiragana character for the sound "ka" is produced by \\#J242b and the Katakana character for this sound is produced by \\#J252b. The Kanji ideograph for "one" is produced by \\#J306c or \\#N0001.

The output from demo(Japanese) shows tables of the escape sequences for the available Japanese characters.

References

https://www.gnu.org/software/plotutils/plotutils.html

See Also

demo(Japanese), Hershey, text

Examples

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require(graphics)

plot(1:9, type = "n", axes = FALSE, frame = TRUE, ylab = "",
     main = "example(Japanese)", xlab = "using Hershey fonts")
par(cex = 3)
Vf <- c("serif", "plain")

text(4, 2, "\\#J244b\\#J245b\\#J2473", vfont = Vf)
text(4, 4, "\\#J2538\\#J2563\\#J2551\\#J2573", vfont = Vf)
text(4, 6, "\\#J467c\\#J4b5c", vfont = Vf)
text(4, 8, "Japan", vfont = Vf)
par(cex = 1)
text(8, 2, "Hiragana")
text(8, 4, "Katakana")
text(8, 6, "Kanji")
text(8, 8, "English")

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