Jim's Personal Toolbar Buttons
This page lists some of the Personal Toolbar Buttons I have been playing
dictionary functions I find useful.
To install any of these:
- under Windows, press your mouse left-button without releasing it on
the hyperlink, drag it and drop it onto the toolbar. (The Links bar in IE.)
- if dragging and dropping the link does not work (e.g. under Linux),
then use your right button on the link to create a new bookmark of
the URL, and place it in your Personal Toolbar Folder. You will probably
have to edit the Bookmark Properties to get a meaningful name.
The Buttons - Dictionary Searching
the WWWJDIC buttons below all point at the Monash WWWJDIC server. If you
want buttons tailored for the other mirrors, I have a
which generates the appropriate buttons.
The following buttons allow for immediate searching for a word in a
dictionary. They can work two ways:
- Clicking on the button will pop up a box in which you can enter the
- Highlight the word or words on the page you are reading and click the button.
The dictionary lookup or text glossing will proceed with the highlighted word.
the reason for having different buttons for browsers such as Netscape, Mozilla
and IE is that they do not
Shift-JIS. Just to make life difficult, IE5 codes it in Unicode. With
the later family of browsers such as Mozilla and Netscape 6+, the coding
is taken from the current WWW page.
WWWJDIC - Search for an English Word. (Netscape/Mozilla/Galeon - Unix/Linux)
WWWJDIC - Search for an English Word. (IE5)
WWWJDIC - Search for a Japanese Word. (Netscape 4 - Windows)
WWWJDIC - Search for a Japanese Word. (Netscape 4 - Unix/Linux) (Romaji keys too)
WWWJDIC - Search for a Japanese Word. (IE5) (Romaji keys too)
WWWJDIC - Search for a Japanese Word. (IE4)
(I'm guessing that IE4 sends Japanese in Shift-JIS; I can't test it.)
(EXCEED), using the Sanseido English/Japanese Dictionary. (Netscape/Mozilla/Galeon)
(EXCEED), using the Sanseido English/Japanese Dictionary. (IE)
(EXCEED), using the Sanseido Japanese/English Dictionary. (Netscape,
(Note that this may only work from browsers running under Unix/Linux.
The GOO site seems to auto-detect the coding.)
WWWJDIC - Translate Japanese words in text. (Netscape 4 - Linux/Unix)
WWWJDIC - Translate Japanese words in text. (Netscape 4 - Windows)
WWWJDIC - Translate Japanese words in text. (IE)
Google search with Japanese keyword (Netscape 4 under Linux)
Google search with Japanese keyword (Mozilla, Netscape 6+, Galeon)
- invokes a side-by-side copy of the
page and WWWJDIC, so you can cut-and-paste across.
I have had some trouble making these buttons work with text within
frames. I have found the solution is to display the frame in a complete
window (right button option in Netscape.) Then the button seems to work.
For searching with Japanese keys using WWWJDIC, Google, Goo, etc. I have
found that I must have the browser sitting on a page that contains
Japanese. This especially applies when using a key that has been
cut-and-pasted from another application, such as a kterm window.
- Thierry Bezecourt who gave me the initial idea.
- Google.com, whose search button really got me inspired.
page, which gave me the templates for the IE versions.