A significantly expanded edition of the Japanese-Italian dictionary being developed at Ca' Foscari University of Venice has been released and included in WWWJDIC.
Some major server changes:
The "FreqCnt" link at the end of each displayed entry displays the counts for the Japanese words in the Kyoto/Melbourne Japanese N-gram Corpus.
A link on each entry which enables the full database entry to be seen.
A small change has been made to the Keitai option to set a meta-tag indicating the screen is 400 pixels wide. Most smartphone browsers will use this to adjust the focus, making this option more usable.
This new option provides a flexible multiple-search-key facility for selecting and displaying dictionary entries. It is loosely modelled on the advanced searching features in Google. (Details)
An 18,000 entry Japanese-Italian file has been included. This is the Beta release from a project at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. See the project site for more information.
The format of the display of kanji details from the "KANJIDIC" database has been extensively revised. Instead of it being a dump of all the codes from the file, only the key fields: radical, stroke-count, readings, meanings, etc. are shown, and the rest can be displayed by clicking on a link.
Also the "SOD" and "SODA" links to the stroke-order diagrams have been replaced with small images of brushes.
The mirror site at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) ceases/ceased operation on 30 June 2011 after over 10 years of service. A new mirror has been established for operation in Japan at http://wwwjdic.mygengo.com/cgi-data/wwwjdic?1C
Access to the online database for adding or updating entries has been simplified. Now an [Edit] link appears at the end of dictionary entries, which takes you to the database if you wish to propose a change to the entry. If the entry is from one of the other dictionaries (which cannot be edited) and you would like to have it included in the main JMdict/EDICT file, a [Promote] link is provided, which will load up the input form with the details of the entry.
It is now possible to enter half-width kana (hankaku kana). It will be automatically converted to full width for lookups, etc. (This mainly affects cutting and pasting text. The dictionaries all use full-width kana.)
A new system has been introduced to maintain the main dictionaries used by WWWJDIC. The "Suggest an amendment .." link now goes to that system instead of using WWWJDIC's forms. More details here. View the daily update summary.
The system operated from late May 2010 under test, and went live in July 2010.
From 5 May, 2010 WWWJDIC has switched to a simpler mechanism for playing the audio clips from JapanesePod101.com. The change means that much less has to be downloaded from the server, resulting in faster page loading. Thanks to Charles Kelly for the providing the revised method.
To help people developing iPhone, Android, etc. applications to interface with WWWJDIC, an option has been added to the "backdoor" access method to enable output of just the dictionary entries.
For regular word or kanji lookups, the output is a minimal HTML page with just the dictionary entries in EDICT or KANJIDIC format, wrapped in a <pre> block. In the case of output from the Translate Words function, some of the HTML formatting is retained.
The option uses the code of "Z" instead of the usual "M" for the backdoor, but apart from that all the parameters are the same.
At present there is no way to use the Multi-Radical kanji lookup method via the backdoor, but this may be added if there is interest.
An option is available to link entries to the Japanese WordNet. These will appear as a "[JW]" link at the end of the entry. (If you have previously customized your WWWJDIC interface, you may have to go to the Customization Page and enable the option.)
Audio examples for many of the 135,000+ EDICT entries, spoken by Japanese native speakers. These are linked to each entry when displayed on the screen. (more information)
The main dictionary entry display can now use colours to indicate the type of kanji. The colours used are:
This option can be disabled in the customization page. Note that if you have already carried out some customization, this option will be disabled and you will have to enable it using the customization page.
The former Home Page for WWWJDIC has been withdrawn, and the "Word Search" page is now the default starting point for WWWJDIC. Most of the important functions in WWWJDIC are now on the Menu Bar at the top of each page. The "Word Search" page now has the links, etc. from the old Home Page. This and other changes have been made to simplify and streamline use WWWJDIC, and will also make it easier to maintain and update.
A link to the Customization Page is now on the Menu Bar at the top of each page. Also, the Customization Page will load with your current settings, making it easier to manage. (The older URL-based customization is being withdrawn, and only the cookie-based system will continue to be supported.)
The format of the header material, including the "Menu Bar" which allows navigation to the various parts of WWWJDIC, has been revised. Also the layout of the display of dictionary entries has been slightly changed, e.g. the kanji and kana parts have been slightly increased in size.
At the same time, the customization options have been expanded, allowing users to choose to modify many aspects of the display of the main dictionary page. This includes the ability to suppress links to other sites, use a two-column display of dictionary entries, etc.
Example sentences from the Tanaka Corpus are now displayed for selected entries on the Word Display page. The display of in-line example sentences can be enabled/disabled via the customization option.
WWWJDIC is being extended to have its interface in other languages. The first being added (naturally) is Japanese, but others can follow as long as translations are carried out. Only a small part of the interface information has been translated into Japanese so far.
To turn on the Japanese interface, you need to go to the Customize Page of whichever server you use, and select Japanese as the language.
You can view the current translated messages here.