How to create your own dictionary from glossary-files

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Create your own dictionary

Stardict format

If you are using a dictionary software that supports the stardict-format (like most iPhone and iPad dictionaries and GoldenDict), you can simply add additional glossaries:

You will need:

  • A linux computer for the dictionary creation (the dictionaries afterwards can be used on any platform)
  • The linux program stardict-editor, contained in packages stardict, stardict-tools.
  • A glossary text-file in Unicode UTF-8. Each line should contain a dictionary entry in format <dictionary-key><tab><dictionary-description>. One can either use Wylie or Tibetan Unicode for both the dictionary key and the explanation.

Stardict editor.png

Example glossary file:

sems    <tab>    Mind
སེམས་     <tab>    Mind, see བློ་

Load the glossary file into "StarDict-Editor" and press 'build'.

More information is available at: Sourceforge: how to create dictionaries.

Mac OS-X dictionary application format

Stardict dictionaries can be easily converted into dictionaries that work with the built-in dictionary of Mac OS-X, this way the dictionary is tightly integrated with all applications: Spotlight search can access dictionary content, right-clicking on words in any document and hotkeys work globally with way on Mac.

A good explanation is available at this blog.

The actual tool for the conversion is available here: See: Google code: dictionary converter

See Tibetan Dictionary for OS-X for a dictionary based on Rangjung Yeshe built in this way.

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