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Offline Special K

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I'm working on an IC for a keycap set, GMK "The Matrix" (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=78931.0, yes I know it was started a long time ago) that will feature Japanese Katakana characters as secondary legends and have a question for any Japanese speakers/readers here:

Is there any particular mapping of the Katakana characters to the standard alphanumeric characters on a US keyboard that would make sense?  I was looking at the character set here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katakana and it looks like multiple characters have the same starting consonant sound, making a 1:1 mapping between the Katakana characters and US alphanumeric characters impossible.  For comparison, the GMK Laser set used Hiragana characters as secondary legends:

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-mito-gmk-laser-custom-keycap-set

Is there any rhyme or reason as to how those mappings were chosen?  I couldn't find an explanation in the set description and contacted that set's creator but never received a reply.

This is primarily an aesthetic choice, but I'd like to see if there's any particular layout that makes sense before paying for renders.
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Re: Question for any Japanese speakers/readers here (secondary keycap legends)
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 18 November 2018, 16:47:21 »
u can't match based on sounds. the hiragana in the laser set is just what the standard is, it's almost always ordered that way across all JIS keyboards.

if you wanted to make a katakana set, it would follow the exact same order, just with the different alphabet.

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Offline Special K

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Re: Question for any Japanese speakers/readers here (secondary keycap legends)
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 18 November 2018, 18:28:51 »
u can't match based on sounds. the hiragana in the laser set is just what the standard is, it's almost always ordered that way across all JIS keyboards.

if you wanted to make a katakana set, it would follow the exact same order, just with the different alphabet.

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LOL - we're on post #163 of this mega-thread and you've gone from"keyboard n00b" to "keyboard sn0b".  We've done our job.