March 3, 2015

Looking for a Cantonese dictionary?

If you are looking for a Cantonese-English dictionary for GDF (as an alternative for this Cantonese-English Dictionary extension that relies on the now-retired Mouseover Dictionary Framework (MDF)), subscribe to the comments feed of this post. I'll keep you informed regarding any updates on this matter.

Update (2015/4/17): The GDF version of Cantonese-English Dictionary has just been released. Part of the dictionary data contained in the MDF version had to be omitted in this first release due to a license issue, but I'll try to solve this in the future. For more information, read the user guide.

Frequently Given Answers:

  • I am not the owner of the original Cantonese-English Dictionary extension. I just helped the owner modifying my Mandarin dictionary extension to support Yale/Jyutping romanization schemes.

  • There are some issues to deal with before porting it to the new framework.

  • You can still use the old version (at least for some time) although MDF was officially retired.

  • I'd be very thankful if you would help me resolving those issues and releasing an updated version by making a monthly donation via Patreon. Given the number of MDF users (although it doesn't reveal how many of them are active users), contributing $1 a month can make a difference.

Feel free to post your question/thoughts here.

7 comments:

  1. I've been trying to contact the owner of the Cantonese dictionary file included in the old Cantonese dictionary extension program to discuss a possible copyright/license issue with some part of the file, but no luck so far, so I decided to release a new version with that part stripped out next month (hopefully). The missing part will be added once the issue is resolved.

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  2. The GDF version of Cantonese-English Dictionary has been released. For more information, read the user guide.

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  3. First let me say, thank you for all the hard work you've obviously put into GDF and your various other plugins. I've tried the new GDF based version of the Cantonese dictionary. While it works, the current method requiring a certain key to be held without moving the mouse in order to perform a lookup, then having to manually close the lookup dialog and repeat the process for every word, makes it borderline unusable. Is there any way to have this immediately look up the translation for whatever word is hovered over with the mouse, continuing to update the lookup based on the current mouse position, in the same way as Cantofish for Firefox? If not, is there some way that I can download and install MDF manually, given that this has been removed from the Chrome store while all projects that rely on it are still there (extremely bad idea in my opinion - why not allow people to continue using this if they want to? Especially given that it seems to be more user friendly than its GDF replacement). Up till now I am forced to keep Firefox installed and use Cantofish when I want to work with Cantonese texts and it would be great if I could retire it and migrate fully to Chrome!

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    1. > While it works, the current method requiring a certain key
      > to be held without moving the mouse in order to perform a
      > lookup, then having to manually close the lookup dialog
      > and repeat the process for every word, makes it borderline
      > unusable.

      You don't have to manually close the popup to start a new lookup.

      > Is there any way to have this immediately look up the
      > translation for whatever word is hovered over with the
      > mouse,

      How long have you used GDF? I believe that once you get used to it, you won't miss the old method anymore. Actually, many people (including myself) find the old method quite annoying. I know I can't please everyone, though.

      > is there some way that I can download and install MDF
      > manually, given that this has been removed from the
      > Chrome store while all projects that rely on it are
      > still there

      I have no plan to make MDF or MDF-based dictionaries I have hosted on the Chrome Web Store (CWS) in the past available for download. Most MDF-based dictionaries still on the CWS (if any) are likely to be so-called "manifest version 1 extensions", which are expected to stop working soon anyway (according to this document). When I tried to load the MDF-based Cantonese dictionary locally for testing purpose, it was rejected by Chrome already.

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    2. I have tried sticking with GDF several more days, and rather than getting used to this method, I simply find it intolerable. In my opinion it's very clumsy and makes trying to read a full web page extremely tedious. I appreciate that you and others may prefer the current method, that's fine - as you say, you can't please everyone :) I've come across the "Perapera Chinese" popup dictionary plug-in for Chrome which works exactly how I want, so I'm simply going to replace the Mandarin dictionary data set with the Cantonese equivalent and that will solve this dilemma.

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  4. Hi, i found your work through:
    http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/phorum/read.php?2,105046,page=3

    I followed "tutorial 1" to setup the cantonese english dictionary on chrome.

    I installed GDS-B, GDC, GCED (cantonese and Mandarin) and connected the cantonese dictionary such that i now have the extension icon in chrome with a subscript CT.
    After following the tutorial I can't get anything to popup.
    I checked that my shortcut is set to ctrl and when i hold down ctrl over the chinese text in tutorial 1, nothing happens.

    Do you have any insight to the problem?

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    1. Make sure to press the CTRL key first, then (while holding down the CTRL key) move the cursor to somewhere inside "成" (in Tutorial 1) and pause a while (you can change this delay time ("search delay") in GDC's options page). The order matters.

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