What is it?
An ordering system for Japanese (and Chinese) kanji characters
Who is this for?
Primarily for non-Japanese people learning Japanese. But I reckon that the the Japanese themselves would benefit
Why do we need it?
Because nothing else does the job well. The various ways of identifying kanji that exist are time-consuming, tedious, imprecise and frustrating. They rely too much on prior, insider knowledge about stroke number, stroke order, radicals, kanji 'words' and pronunciation
What does it achieve?
AlphaKanji allows you to look up, in less than 10 seconds, any kanji character
Is it ready to go?
AlphaKanji is ready to go. However, since every possible kanji hasn't yet been 'entered' you'll need to join a mailing list to be updated
So how does it work?
Each Chinese-style character is assigned an unambiguous 4-digit code based on stroke number, order and direction. This permits you to look it up the way you would use a regular dictionary
What do I need to know to use it?
To be able to roughly count (plus or minus 1 or 2) the number of strokes making up the character, and the direction of the first 3 or so strokes
How much does it cost?
Nothing. It's free. But if you want the list that I've compiled, a small donation might be nice