Language Browser Plugins

How do you use Perapera-kun?

There are alot of ideas and directions that I am thinking of going as I get back into developing the next version, and I am kind of curious how everyone uses these plugins.

Are many of you eastern language obsessed and would want 1 plugin that had the ability to do Chinese, Japanese, Korean and others? I know I would use that for at least 2/3 of those languages. Should they be separate plugins or consolidated into one to rule them all? Hmm…

ps. you might see some beta versions of pera-kun popping up soon silently in this box here on the left, they will be versions 1.1beta, in case anyone wants to test run them.
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jiangl March 31, 2009 at 7:47 am

Combining all 2 or 3 into one big plug-in sounds pretty cool, I mean even though I only study Chinese and not Japanese or Korean, the functionality is still useful for the occasional site in those languages that pops up.

One question I’ve always had: what does “perapera-kun” mean?

la mogura March 31, 2009 at 7:52 am

yea this might be more obvious to those who study japanese, but perapera means ‘fluent’ in a sorta way, at least it evokes the image of fluidity as in something moving along smoothly

masamunecyrus March 31, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Combining plugins in the current form would be difficult, however. What I mean is that Rikaichan offers the plugin and the dictionaries seperately, but perakun offers them in the same package.

If you combined the perakuns into one package, with upwards of two dictionaries in there the filesize would get pretty huge.

A possibility, however, is to have all the perakuns combined under one “Perapera-kun” name, with the several language dictionaries as separate extensions. When Perapera-kun is installed with no dictionaries, it does nothing; however, when you install a supported dictionary, like Chinese, it would detect that the extension is installed and would then place its buttons in the context menu, status bar, or wherever else it would do it.

kmccready April 11, 2009 at 1:05 pm

? doesn’t pop up

samuelgilman May 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Hey there:

I want to introduce pera kun on cause I use it every day. Its awesome. Good work guy.

Would you please send me some information about yourself. I understand that you speak Japanese and are learning Chinese.

Can you give me a little history on how and why you made pera kun?
What does the name mean?
What are the best features?

Thanks for any information,

shanzi May 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm

I really enjoyed using pera-kun on firefox.
it’s my essential add-on.

But the thing is.. I need a similar app for external use.
somewhat like MDBG Chinese reader. (shareware)
Can this be modified to suit?

It’ll surely be a hit.

percipient July 8, 2009 at 4:46 am

I think they should be merged into one add on – it would be useful to everyone since everyone would like encounter the other languages eventually (i.e. even if you are only studying and interested in Japanese, chances are you come across some Chinese/Korean web pages eventually) and for the people who like using it consistently for 2/3 or 3/3 of the languages offered it’d be a lot easier to just install, upgrade, and manage options for one single add on.

So those are the benefits and when you think about it, what is the real cost? A slightly larger download size/almost unnoticeable longer install time or something? Seems to me merging them into one is the only way to go.

Just my two cents,


hamgate July 10, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I learned Chinese as a young man 50 years ago and Japanese 20 years later, both long before the age of on-line language assistance. At the time, such assistance was inconceivable. I still use both languages and find the two versions of Peraperakun very useful, particularly when dealing with computer-age vocabulary, especially in Japanese.
A combined version for both languages would be convenient and sensible if it were possible. In any case, Peraperakun is an outstanding linguistic tool which I would now find hard (though not impossible) to do without. Its creator deserves much gratitude.

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Michelle Mood August 20, 2015 at 2:28 am

I have used you for years. Love it. But not it is not working currently on any computer or version of Firefox. What gives?


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