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Re: [Lingo] wwwjdic new kanji dic interfaces

On 21/03/2008, steven smith <> wrote:

> Josh Glover wrote:
>  > And if you are in JP, is *fast* for keitai-based searching.
>  > It has replaced WWWJDIC's keitai interface (sorry, Jim) as my weapon
>  > of choice for lookups.
> The thing that impressed me was how sparse the interface
>  was.

Indeed. WWWJDIC's keitai interface follows the school of vigorous
writing first advocated by Strunk and White:

    Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no
unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same
reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine
no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his
sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects
only in outline, but that every word tell. [1]

Having said that, I like the fact that's UI allows me to
search for both J->E and E->J from the same screen. WWWJDIC has
tripped me up before when I hit the wrong bookmark and then have to
actually click a link to get to the place I meant to go. :)

>  With the same radical elimination that has,
>  I think this would be an ideal ketai interface.

Well,'s lookup-by-radical only works on an iPhone. Normal
keitai have to content themselves with yomi and imi.



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