IconKanji Program Layout

IconKanji is a computer program to help you learn first and second grade Kanji.

The IconKanji - Main Screen

* The IconKanji - Main Screen is the primary viewing screen for learning and review. It can be resized to your liking. 
* The Main Screen has a menu bar that will allow you to learn and review, or test and review, the Hiragana and Katakana characters.
* If you select file, exit, the program will shut down.

Kanji Selections Windows

Kanji Selections

The Kanji Selections Windows

* The Selections Windows are where you select the characters that you wish to practice. 
* When the program starts, all of the characters are selected.
* Choose which characters you wish to practice by placing check marks next to them or, 
* Choose a group of characters by checking the box above a group.
* There are also two check boxes on the lower-right corner of the Selections Window to toggle on & off the frames and 
check boxes. 
* Additional character selections can be made by using the Kanji Controllers, ( below ). 


Kanji Selections, continued

* This picture shows a Kanji Selections screen & a Kanji Controller. 
* The Kanji Controller ( Kanji Selections Option ) is selected to Group 1. 
* Group 1 displays a similar looking set of characters. 
* It is hoped that, by grouping the characters based on similarity, it would be easier to distinguish between them to make learning easier. 
* ( Note ) Some groups of characters will not look similar.

The Kanji Controllers

The Kanji Controllers

The Kanji Controllers are used to control the ways in which each Kanji lesson is displayed. Most of the controls are self explanatory. A few notes about the Kanji Controller(s) are as follows:

The Controller's title bar displays which lesson is in use at the time. 

The Kanji Controller has eight primary parts:

The View Screen
The Primary Controls
The View-Screen Options
The Direction Controls
The Speed Controls
The Kanji Selections, and finally
The Group Selections

A. The Primary Screen:
The Primary Screen window has two parts, the, the Kanji character, and the Captions.
The kanji is in the center of the view screen. It is a Japanese character.
The captions can be found on the bottom and top right and left sides of the view screen.  

B. The Primary Controls:
The six buttons located in the center of the Kanji Controller are the Primary Controls.
The + button is used to manually scroll forward, one frame at a time.
The - button is used to manually scroll in reverse, one frame at a time.
The start button activates automatic frame advance.
The stop button stops automatic frame advance.
The Min/Max button will either reduce or enlarge the size of the Kanji controller.
The Exit button is used to exit the lesson or exit the program. There is also an option to continue the lesson.

C. View Screen Options:
The View Screen Options are used to toggle on and off the Icons, the Characters, and the Captions.

D. The Direction Controls:
The Direction Controls are used to select which direction the IconKana slide show runs. Use the selection controls with the start button to activate the automatic frame-advance feature.

E. The Speed Controls:
The Speed Controls are labeled Slow, Medium, Medium +, & Fast. At medium speed, the frames advance at about 1 frame per second.

F. The Kanji Selections:
The Kanji selections are used in conjunction with the Selections Window (above). The Kaji Selections Frame has two parts. On the left side of the frame are the Kanji Selections. On the right side of the frame are the Group Selections. All of these controls work independently of each other. The Kanji selections are used to select all of the characters, only the even numbered characters, only the odd numbered characters, or none of the characters. (Note) If none of the characters are selected and you press the +, the -, or the Start, control buttons, then IconKanji will default to the first selection.

G. The Group Selections:
The Group Selections are used to select groups of characters in the lesson, often like-type characters. 

What is meant by this is, many characters in each lesson look similar to each other.  The Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 selections attempt to group the characters into similar looking groups. In that way, if you select a group of similar looking characters, it will make it easier to distinguish between those that are similar in appearance. It is a way to isolate those that look alike, in the same place, so they can be studied more carefully. 

The Test Controllers

The Test Controllers

The Test Controllers are used to practice the IconKanji Tests. The test controllers provide the user with multiple choice quizzes of  the kanji characters. 
The Test Controller's title bar will tell you which Kanji test you are practicing. The Test Controller has seven primary parts:

Menu Options,
Feedback and scoring displays,
The primary Window,
Four Selection Windows,
A Next Button, and,
An End Button
The caption check boxes.

The Menu Options allow you to choose how the Test is displayed. When you view it in the Kanji mode, the Primary Window displays a kanji character. In the Romaji mode, the Primary Window displays a Romaji symbol. 

There is also an option to either Start or Stop Scoring. When the Start Scoring option is selected, a feedback message will appear and the percentage-scored-correct is displayed to the right of a feedback message. To make a selection, simply click one of the four selection windows with your mouse. When you click the next button, the next question will appear.

When the Stop Scoring selection is made, the Test Controller will not display a Percentage-Scored-Correct or a Feedback message.

When you click the next button, the next question will appear.

When you click the End Button, the Kanji Test Controller will close.

When you check or un-check one of the caption check boxes, the corresponding 
captions will appear or disappear.

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