Greg Hewgill (ghewgill) wrote,
Greg Hewgill
ghewgill

chinese-english dictionary for kindle

Further to my previous entry on Chinese text in the Kindle, I've put some more work into the Chinese-English dictionary I mentioned.

I used the CC-CEDICT dictionary as the basis for my dictionary. I also used the radical stroke count database from the Unihan Database. The result is a traditional radical-stroke order dictionary that seems reasonably usable on the Kindle.

One of the great features of the Kindle is the ability to set a default dictionary so that when you're reading text, you can simply point to a word and the Kindle will automatically look it up and show the definition in a small popup window. I've been able to create such dictionary files successfully for English, but have not been successful for Chinese. I currently suspect that the Kindle simply doesn't recognise the Chinese characters as something it can look up in a dictionary, so it doesn't even try. (If anybody has any ideas on this, feedback would be most welcome.)

The current result can be found here: Chinese-English Dictionary.
Tags: chinese, kindle
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