autokana – jQuery plugin

Autokana is a jQuery plugin that automatically converts latin (roumaji) to kana (hiragana / katakana) using the auto-correct principle (keep in mind that it’s not suitable for converting copy / pasted but only typed-in text).

You can download the plugin (including a simple usage example) from GitHub and use it for free.

To use it, you will have to add the following somewhere at the beginning of your body tag:

<script type="text/javascript">
  // bind events when document is ready
  $(document).ready(function() {
    // attach auto-kana plugin with default options

After that add the input box itself wherever you need it (make sure to use the same ID in the above part and in the input field itself):

<input id="kana_text_box" type="text" />
<script type="text/javascript">
  // this part will clear and set focus on the input field on refresh
  // feel free to remove that part if you don't need it

If you have any suggestions or bug reports, feel free to leave a comment.