Japanese Replace-with-Kanji IME for IBus
Replace-with-Kanji IME is a Japanese IME for IBus; IBus is used in operating systems such as Fedora and Ubuntu. With Replace-with-Kanji IME, you can type Japanese letters directly using Hiragana (ひらがな). You don't have to understand the grammatical chunking of Japanese sentences, which are almost always mandatory for using the other Japanese IMEs. When you want to include Kanji (漢字) or Katakana (カタカナ) in your text, you can replace a word written in Hiragawa with Kanji or Katakana later.
Replace-with-Kanji IME is intended to be used especially from elementary school students in Japan to adults, and probably useful for those learning Japanese as a second language. Traditional Japanese IMEs have been developed using the notion of chunking of Japanese sentences, which is not taught in elementary schools even in Japan. For those speaking Japanese as the first language, grammatical details do not have to be very precise in many cases. Therefore, traditional Japanese IMEs are hard to use especially for elementary school students. Replace-with-Kanji IME is addressing this issue.
New Stickney Kana Layout
New Stickney Kana layout is a Japanese keyboard layout being developed to be used especially by elementary school students as well as home users and professionals. You can use New Stickney layout currently on Windows and operating systems that support IBus such as Fedora and Ubuntu.
In the United States, Common Core States Standards⬀ requests to ensure all students to have keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting at Grade 6. In Japan, Romaji, a method writing Japanese using English Alphabet, is taught at Grade 3 and students start to learn typing using Romaji also at Grade 3. The resulting keyboarding skills they develop is only 5.9 characters per minute at Grade 5, and 17.4 characters per minute at Grade 8, on average. As a writing literacy, not as a professional skill, Romaji method doesn't seem to work for Japanese.
Currently no standard Japanese Hiragana keyboard layout is defined that is efficient and easy to learn. The current Japanese Kana layout standard has been derived from a keyboard layout designed by Stickney⬀ in 1923. However, the current standard has modified the Stickney's original layout in a bad manner due to historical reasons, and lost many Stickney's well-designed intentions. Because of this, the majority of Japanese people today uses Romaji to input Japanese Hiragana characters with QWERTY keyboards. New Stickney Kana layout is being designed using computer algorithms following the Stickney's design concepts to create an efficient and easy to learn Kana keyboard layout for everyone.