Is there a possibility of introducing 汉语大字典 and 辞海 6e (latest version)

Discussion in 'Future Products' started by David Jones, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. David Jones

    David Jones Member

  2. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Hanyu da zidian is not doable for data reasons, it seems - they don't have a digital text version as far as I know (too many rare characters) and the cost of digitizing it ourselves would be staggering.

    Cihai is possibly gettable but we're not sure if it would offer enough advantages over a dump of Chinese Wikipedia to be worth offering.
     
  3. David Jones

    David Jones Member

    Thank you for your prompt reply. I think Hanyu da zidian should have a digitalized version as it has been published not very earlier. And, a digitalized version can facilitate the printing work.

    Compared to Chinese Wikipedia, Cihai is a more authoritative and concise encyclopaedia complement to common general dictionaries.
     
  4. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    We've seen scanned versions but not one with digital text - would be very difficult due to all of those rare characters.

    Wikipedia is pretty authoritative these days, and conciseness doesn't really concern us with a digital product.
     
  5. David Jones

    David Jones Member

    So, will you consider providing Wikipedia as an add-on in the future?
     
  6. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

  7. zhouyi

    zhouyi 秀才

    I just wanted to point out that there is a very limited version of more than 3000 characters of the Hanyu da cidian online here-

    http://words.sinica.edu.tw/sou/dictionary.html

    For other characters available on Pleco, by clicking on the gear next to the UNI for unicode and selecting "HANYU" in add new in the customize fields the number for the dictionary can be displayed allowing for easy looking up of the bookshelf.

    About Wikipedia, I often find it useful but often find Chinese articles in Baidu Encyclopedia to be useful too and sometimes more so than Wikipedia. I suggest Pleco consider also adding Baidu Baike if possible.
     
  8. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Interesting, thanks.

    Baidu Baike sadly isn't available to freely download like Wikipedia is.
     
  9. David Jones

    David Jones Member

    Baidu Baike is a jumble of unclear sources and often unreliable compared to Wikipedia, except that it has relatively newer localized data like Chinese Geography and Politics.
     
  10. zhouyi

    zhouyi 秀才

    In my post I meant Hanyu da zidian, also the Ciahi # is also in the unicode data on Pleco.

    If Baidu Baike is not downloadable, what if Pleco had a web page opening feature? I often copy entire pages of Chinese to read with the clipboard feature of Pleco Reader.
     
  11. goldyn chyld

    goldyn chyld 状元

    What about Wiktionary? Or is that included under the Wikipedia file you referred to?
     
  12. mikelove

    mikelove 皇帝 Staff Member

    Wiktionary is possible, yes.

    We're doing a massive overhaul of our dictionary data formats for 4.0, so while we're still launching some new dictionaries before then, anything with massively complicated formatting requirements like Wikipedia / Wiktionary is probably going to have to wait until after that update.
     

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