I use Kana input for typing Japanese, because I think it’s more efficient and less of a hassle regarding the little details of romaji input. For almost a year now (maybe more), I’ve been using Kana input, and the tilde key (~) has ALWAYS been “ro”, no matter what IME settings I changed here and there. That, and “shift-caps” was the shortcut for switching from “A” to “あ” (if you know what I mean)
Literally just yesterday, magically this is not the case anymore. Now tilde is the equivalent of the “shift-caps shortcut”, and now “ro” is nowhere to be found (which is why I’m typing it as ro and not the Japanese hiragana). There is actually no button on my keyboard that can input the kana “ro”. I have no idea what spawned this change, only 2 days ago it was working just as it always had.
But that’s just the beginning- in all my research into the IME settings, and from there all my searching into answers online, it would seem as though “ro” was NEVER accessible to begin with, and the “shift-caps” shortcut never existed. Maybe 2 other people have posted a similar question in forums (although they mentioned using WIndows 7, and I’ve never used Windows 7), but every time they get an answer it’s NOT an answer. Instead, the “answer” is “have you looked into the settings for keyboard- shortcuts?” which is a complete oversight of the problem, being that “ro” is suddenly gone from IME and without explanation.
I know that kana-input is incredibly unpopular so it’s not likely that other WK members have come across the same problem, or even had the same experience with the “ro” key. But… is there anyone? Am I crazy? Have I NOT been typing “ro” with ~? Other people have mentioned using an actual Japanese keyboard where “ro” is a secondary backlash key next to “?” but there is no second key on a standard keyboard, “?” is just め. If there was a microsoft update of some kind where all this secretly changed and there’s no way of getting “ro” back, I’d certainly be quite upset, but not as upset as I am simply not knowing what the heck happened to begin with…