I hope this isn't too off topic but I am curious about some aspects of computer use in Japan.
1: Typing. Every single person I have ever seen typing Japanese, myself included, type using the English alphabet, i.e. we hit r-o when we want ろ, h-a when we need は, etc.... However one can also type Japanese directly using kana, these are printed on Japanese keyboards but to most people seem to be little more than decoration.
I wonder...does anyone actually type in this way?
I guess it is a relic of the days of typewriters? But...typewriters were never so big in Japan right? Given the emphasis on kanji=educated (and ease of comprehension) purely kana based writing is frowned upon.
What I'm curious about is does anyone have any actual data about people typing in this way?
Surely some people must do it as it is still included?
2: When I come to type つ I always type t-s-u despite the fact that t-u would suffice. shi for し rather than si is another one. chi rather than ti as ち is a very interesting one as it is so different to me.
Since Japanese people didn't learn the kana via the English alphabet as I did but rather learned them as their "Default" alphabet however, I wonder. Am I normal in typing the "Full" letter or do people more regularly take the shortest route? Indeed, do Japanese people indeed think of chi as ti?