When Japanese is transliterated into English in the Romaji systems, long marks are used to indicate long vowels. These can be written in one of several ways depending on the operating system.
If you are using Word 2003 or Word 2007 , you can use the following ALT key plus a numeric code to type a Latin character (accented letter or punctuation symbol) in any Windows application. If this is not available, you can use the Character Map to insert the characters in a master document, then cut and paste as needed.
- These work only in Word 2003 or 2007.
- You must use the numeric keypad.
- The font in your document must be set to one that includes these characters.
ā → ALT+0257 Lower long A
ē → ALT+0275 Lower long E
ī → ALT+0299 Lower long I
ō → ALT+0333 Lower long O
ū → ALT+0363 Lower long U
Ā → ALT+0256 Capital long A
Ē → ALT+0274 Capital long E
Ī → ALT+0298 Capital long I
Ō → ALT+0332 Capital long O
Ū → ALT+0362 Capital long U
Typing the ¥ Sign:
- MS Word: Type Alt+0165. You must use the numeric keypad.
- HTML: Use the code “¥” to specify a Yen symbol.