Conversions

The Usage of Anthy is mostly straightforward although there are some things, which are not really obvious. One of those things is the input of small kana like "っ" or "ゃ". To input these, you have to prepend an "l" before the syllable. For example, if you want to write a small "ょ", you have to actually type "lyo".
Another character, which is hard to find is "づ". You get it by typing "du".

For a full "list" of available conversions, please take a look at the file "tables.py" of your anthy installation. In Ubuntu you will find it at "/usr/share/ibus-anthy/engine/tables.py".

Dictionaries

On Ubuntu, Anthy comes with several dictionaries, which are installed in "/usr/share/anthy/dic". Those files contain the words, which are presented in the candidates view. They seem to be encoded in EUC-JP but don't worry about it. However, you can have your own dictionary file in "~/.anthy/private_words_default" and you probably want to take a look at the built-in dictionaries as a reference. One line looks usually similar to the following:

ようちんだん #T35 洋珍団

I haven't found a good cannadic format reference yet, but first comes the spelling in hiragana, then the grammatical function in some cryptic form (#T35 seems to refer to nouns) and the last part is the word itself.

UPDATE: In the Ubuntu repositories is a small utility called "kasumi" which lets you edit your personal dictionary in a graphical way. If it is installed, you will get a dictionary icon on the language panel. It is also the default program which is run when you press 「F11」 or 「F12」 while Anthy is running, so it definitely makes sense to have it installed.

Special symbols and characters

There is is nice list of symbols and special characters on this page. Unfortunately Anthy does not seem to know most of those conversions, so I converted the table into a file which can be imported into your personal dictionary.

Download: special_characters.utf8
You can add it to your dictionary with

anthy-dic-tool --utf8 --append special_characters.utf8

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