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New Features for Perakun?

Ok, Im in the programming mood lately and am looking to update perakun and wonder what you guys think should be added.
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masamunecyrus March 26, 2009 at 5:31 am

This is in regards to Chinese-perakun:

I think the most important things would be to fix the character highlighting and the ?? dictionary.

Character highlighting — when you have a word that uses two or more ??, it displays the word in the dictionary correctly, but it only highlights the first character. This was broken in Firefox 3 and hasn’t been fixed.

?? dictionary — Like in Rikaichan, you you hover your mouse over a chinese character and press the shift button, it switches to a second ?? dictionary which shows only that ?? and a lot of information about it. If I’m not mistaken, this was also working in Firefox 2 but has been broken in Firefox 3.

In addition to that, I would suggest replacing CEDICT with the much improved CC-CEDICT

Rikaichan has been updated several times and gone through a ton of bug fixes since this project last has, so you could probably just re-port the code and modify it for Chinese, and then build onto it from there.

doviende March 26, 2009 at 11:45 am

Hey, what i’d love to see for chinese-perakun is multiple matches. Currently it seems to just be giving me the first match in alphabetical order, which is commonly incorrect. I’d like to see a list of 10 possible matches, starting with the longest match (if any multi-char words match), and also every single-character match (just in case the first single-char match is the wrong one).

other than that, it’d be super sweet to have audio read-out. Thanks for all the hard work! 🙂

jiangl March 29, 2009 at 11:55 am

Donated a long time ago, great to see things are active again, as this add-on has saved me and many of my friends often, and is one of the main reasons I can’t easily bring myself to change browsers! Seconding the two above commenters about the Chinese version. Replacing CEDICT with CC-CEDICT would be an amazing improvement and, in my limited knowledge, would be pretty easy on yoru end.

And yes, multiple read outs for characters would be great, or at least the option to do so. An easy example of the problem is ?, which Chinese pera-kun reads out as “Ou” (the surname), but almost every time a user will encounter it online, it will mean “qu”, district, IE ???.

mazzato April 23, 2009 at 7:57 pm

@doviende- forget about the audio, the quality is never good, it is nearly impossible to have them all in a natural recording and it would make the file size huge. anyone with a basic understanding of pinyin can speak chinese. the audio is a waste of time.
@jiangl-updating the dictionary is a good idea but it that is why the custom dictionary entries are also a good idea. for instance you say the character always displays ou but should be qu, you could easily change it yourself instead of waiting for an updated dictionary.

I think the custom dictionary should be top priority , just a simple double click enter the definition and press enter to change it.
Another really awesome idea would be if you could create a chinese pera kun plugin for pidgin. it would really help for those chinese im sessions that get a bit to fast to keep up with.
Creating 4 seperate plugins would be awesome 1.chinese.2.japanese3.korean4.all in one . That way those that need them all can have the choice but those who never use the others don’t need to worry about installing a monster plugin.

Samantha December 24, 2009 at 12:50 am

Agree with mazzato. If you know pinyin, there’s no reason to add pronunciation. If you don’t know pinyin, having a program read out words for you is the least of your priorities.

I think custom vocab lists would be really useful for studying. For instance, if reading something for learning purposes, you can create a list of words you had difficulty with in order to go back later and review them. And as a different poll stated, most people use Perakun to assist with studying.

dongyage January 26, 2010 at 10:05 am

What would also be cool is if these custom dictionaries could be collated and cross referenced and fed back to the main dictionary.

I would be happy to organise a site which could handle accepting submissions and provide some sort of interface for verifying them before submitting them to the main dictionary. (jacob [email protected]

schnitzel July 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

This extension is really awesome!
Just a few suggestions to make this great software even more perfect:
– Enable adding custom dictionaries (e.g. in csv-format)
– Enable simultaneous look-up in multiple dictionary files
– Enable font style and size customization
This would make it the perfect tool, I guess…

Keep up the good work!


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