Thursday, December 9, 2010

User's Guide

Zhongwen is an extension for the Google Chrome browser that allows you to translate Chinese words by hovering over them with the mouse.

Installation

In order to use Zhongwen, you must have the Chrome browser on your computer. If you haven't installed it yet you can install Chrome from here.

Then open Chrome and click on the following installation link for the Zhongwen extension: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/kkmlkkjojmombglmlpbpapmhcaljjkde. Simply click on the "Install" button to start the installation.

How does it work?

Once Zhongwen is installed on your computer you'll see a little icon showing the Zhongwen logo near the upper right-hand corner of your Chrome browser. By clicking on this icon you can turn the extension on and off. Click on it and wait until you see the word "ON" displayed in red and white on top of the icon. This tells you that the dictionary is active. If you want to turn it off again, just click on the icon again and the red "ON" label disappears. So with a single mouse-click you can activate or deactivate the dictionary.

Once Zhongwen has been turned on, showing the red "ON" label on the icon, you can go to a web page in Chinese and point your mouse at some Chinese characters. A popup window opens up automatically showing you the translation of the word you were pointing at.

Zhongwen can translate both simplified characters as well as traditional characters.

What information does it show?

The popup window shows the following information:
  1. the Chinese charaters forming the word you're pointing at with your mouse. If the simplified and the traditional forms differ, then both forms are shown. The size of the Chinese characters is large enough so can easily make out all the strokes of a character like this "wan": 
  2. the corresponding Pinyin. The individual Pinyin syllables are shown in different colors (see below).
  3. the English translation.
Sometimes, Zhongwen finds more than one matching entry in its dictionary. In this case it shows you all of the matching entries.

Why is Pinyin shown in different colors?

If you're learning Chinese, Zhongwen helps you remember the tone of each character by displaying it in a different color. It uses the following color scheme for showing Pinying syllables:
  1. First tone syllables are shown in red.
  2. Second tone syllables are shown in orange.
  3. Third tone syllables are shown in green.
  4. Forth tone syllables are shown in blue.
I picked this color scheme because it is the one used by Skritter and in some books.

Keyboard Navigation

Some users don't use Zhongwen to look up individual words, they want to read an entire paragraph or article. In this case, rather than having to trace all the words with the mouse, you can use Zhongwen's built-in keyboard navigation support: You can move from character to character or from word to word by pressing keys on your keyboard:
  1. Pressing "n" on the keyboard takes you to the next word.
  2. Pressing "b" takes you back one character.
  3. Pressing "m" moves to the next character. (This is different from pressing "n" if you're currently over a word that consists of two or more characters.)
Sometimes the popup window is hiding the text you're looking at. You can move it out of the way using "x" and "y" on the keyboard (this moves the popup window up or down), or hit "a" once or twice to move it to an altogether different location.

Skritter Support

If you're studying Chinese characters using Skritter you can easily add Chinese words to your vocabulary queue: just hit "s" on the keyboard. This opens up a new tab that takes you to the Skritter web site. If you're not logged into Skritter you'll see the login page. After you're logged in, the word is automatically added to your study queue.

Can I copy the dictionary entries into a spreadsheet?

Yes, if you want to copy the current dictionary entry, including the Chinese characters, Pinyin, and the English translation, to the clipboard, just hit "c" on the keyboard to copy to the clipboard. (Note: This is different from using "Ctrl + C" on a PC or "Command + C" on a Mac, which only copies the Chinese characters without the translation.) When you paste the clipboard into Excel or an OpenOffice spreadsheet, the individual components of the entry are nicely put in different columns and rows.

What built-in dictionary does it use?

Zhongwen comes with a recent release of the CC-CEDICT dictionary. This dictionary is constantly updated, and each Zhongwen release will include an updated version of the dictionary.

Support for online dictionaries

Sometimes, in addition to looking at the translation in the popup window, you might want to look up a word in one of the freely available online dictionaries. Zhongwen lets you quickly do that by some simple keyboard shortcuts.

  1. Press the "Alt" key on your keyboard simultaneously with "1" to look up the selected word using nciku.
  2. Use "Alt + 2" to do a lookup using YellowBridge.
  3. Use "Alt + 3" to for a Dict.cn lookup.
  4. Use "Alt + 4" for iCIBA.
  5. Use "Alt + 5" for the MDBG dictionary.

Chrome will open a new tab and the word that was shown in the popup window will be looked up in the corresponding online dictionary listed above.

108 comments:

  1. Hi, it's a really nice extension.
    I was wondering if you could allow changing the font size, because I'm using a netbook and the dialog size take a big part of my screen :-)
    Thanks !

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  2. I love this extension! Just one request: I don't like studying vocabulary online, so Skritter support is useless for me. Could you make it similarly easy to export the words in another format please? Maybe export to a text file or spreadsheet or just list them in a table. Since this is important to me, I will donate for the completion of this feature; just let me know your Paypal address. Thanks!

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  3. Hi Sprachprofi,

    Actually, there's already a way for you to export data: When you press "c" on your keyboard the dictionary entry of the currently highlighted Chinese word, including Pinyin and the English translation, is copied to the clipboard. You can then paste the clipboard into Excel or some other document (using "Ctrl + v" on Windows). See the section "Can I copy the dictionary entries into a spreadsheet?" above.

    Hope this helps. Thanks for using Zhongwen!

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  4. Thanks SO MUCH for this plugin :)

    The only thing I wish--and I'm sorry for being so superficial--is if the icon could be a little prettier.

    Like just a simple 中 that looks similar to the "Wrench" icon in Chrome would be nice...heehee...

    Other than that this is perfect! Thanks again!

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  5. Hi Chris

    Thanks for this great extension. I have a request, though. I am an editor at CC-CEDICT so I have written some of the content that displays in your popups. It would be very useful to me to have one more reference (Alt-7) in addition to the six you have so far -- FLTRP's online dictionary (see URL below). That's the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, publishers of the "New Century" EC dictionary. I use FLTRP a lot, among other refs, when I am working on an entry.

    http://test.2u4u.com.cn/online/

    Regards
    Richard
    (Editor "richwarm")

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  6. Hi Richard,

    Thanks for your feedback. I'll add a shortcut to FLTRP's dictionary in the next release.

    - Chris

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  7. Superb extension - I recommend highly to others using Chrome!

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  8. Thanks also for your great work; this plugin is awesome.

    A request for you: If there was any way you could get this to work with Anki web or to automagically add the words to any flashcard system that syncs offline and to mobiel, that'd be absolutely fantastic - Skritter is good at what it does, but it's just too specific a use for me most of the time.

    Cheers!

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  9. How would I go about adding my own entries to the dictionary (either easily or harder)

    cedict refuses to add things like peoples names. This would really help when I am reading the newspaper, ie politician names, music artists and so on.

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  10. First of all, this extension is awesome.

    I would like to know if it's possible to change the color settings on the pinyin font. I use my own color system to practice tones so it's very confusing for me to see them switched. Taking away all color would be a fine option as well.

    Thanks again!

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  11. @insighter: You can turn off tone colors on the options page of the extension. Open the wrench menu, choose Options -> Extensions, then open the options of Zhongwen.

    @yage: Unfortunately, there's currently no practical way for you to do this. However, CC-CEDICT does contain the names of some noted personalities, for example 奥巴马.

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  12. Luv this app! However, sometimes when I save the web page to my computer, I notice that the app doesn't work.

    Is that a chrome issue? Or the apps?

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  13. This is such a great extension... Nicely building on the great resource that is CC-CEDICT.

    I actually came here looking for a way to send you money. I use this extension so much...

    There doesn't seem to be a way, so for now I will just send you my sincere thanks!

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  14. Doesn't seem to work on the characters on this site. But works fine on this blog post with the character above. Looks good on this page! :-)

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  15. This app is AMAZING, but it just recently stopped working out of the blue. I don't know if it conflicts with another extension (I've disabled them all and still nothing!). Tried everything it seems. Any idea where this issue could be coming from? - (another, separate, Richard)

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  16. Hi Richard,

    Try removing the extension and then reinstalling it from the Web Store. I can't think of a reason why it suddenly stopped working for you. I hope reinstalling it will fix the problem for you.

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  19. This is a great extension. However, recently I've been experiencing issues with the tones not showing up. It's usually the 1st and 3rd tone where they come up as square boxes next to the letter the tone should be. So I have no idea if it's either a 1st or 3rd tone. I am using Google Chrome and it was working perfectly before, don't know why it started doing this. Thanks for any advice in advance.

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  20. Hi Cavan,

    The problem you described may occur if the font is missing the characters used for displaying the tones. Zhongwen tries to use Tahoma or Geneva. Are you using a Mac or a PC? I know of a problem where Windows 7 sometimes shows Chinese characters as boxes. Are the Chinese characters always showing up correctly on your system?

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  21. This is amazing, but the pop-up windows started to migrate ever lower on my screen and eventually disappeared from view. Hitting 'x' repeatedly brings them back though! (I have a widescreen netbook and I have to zoom to be able to read without glasses. Hoever, I haven't changed the zoom just before the pop-ups dropped out of sight).

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  22. Can you spell out some of the acronyms that are in the definitions? I wanted to know what the vocab 利益 meant and it says benefits (in sb's) and I can't deduce what sb means.

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  23. Hi Sampson,

    "sb" in this case stands for "somebody".

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  24. My McAfee Parent Controls seem to be blocking this extension. Is there a URL that I can add to my whitelist to get it to work? Thanks!

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  25. Thanks for the app, Chris. It's definitely the best thing out there. Any chance of converting the Chrome extension into a Safari extension for those of us who use Safari (not because Safari is better but because of easy sharing with iOS devices)?

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    1. It's not as good as Zhongwen, but I wrote a Safari Chinese pop-up dictionary extension called Frill.

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  26. Hi thanks for your fantastic work!
    I would like to change the tone colors since I used with different color in Pleco dictionary, I can't use these sets of colours since in my mind there are sticked the sets I used in Pleco. I am sure it would not be difficult to change the tone colour.
    Please tell me how to do it and I will do it myself.
    Thanks

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  27. Hi,

    I really love your handy extension, but the most recent version (3.4) was broken for me. It seems that popup-yellow.css isn't loaded, so the zhongwen-window div doesn't have styling to position it and make it pretty. I fixed it by adding "css": ["css/popup-yellow.css"] to manifest.json under content_scripts and reloading the extension, but I'd imagine my fix breaks the choosing color functionality. I'm not sure why I was getting the "Resources must be listed in the web_accessible_resources manifest key in order to be loaded by web pages" error for popup-yellow.css in the first place.

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  28. Hi David,

    I cannot reproduce your problem on my computer. Could you tell me what Chrome version you're using (the current stable version is 23.0.1271.64) and whether you have a Mac or a PC? Could you also try to reinstall the extension and see whether that helps?

    Thanks!

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  29. I encountered this problem on my Windows 7 machine. It turns out that Chrome had stopped updating and was stuck at version 21. I fixed it by downloading and installing Chrome again. Now I'm using Chrome version 23.0.1271.64 and the extension works again. Thanks for a great extension!

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  30. I have been using this app on the Ubuntu 10.04 platform for a while. It has been working fine. But last week it stopped working. PinYin does not come up anymore. I tried to disable all other extensions it still does not work. I also tried unistall/reinstall but it still does not work.

    Ubuntu will update the OS and applications (including Chrome) from time to time. But it never affected Zhongwen before.

    Do you know what is causing this problem? Can you suggest a way to solve it?

    Thanks.

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  31. @Chris Leong: Your problem is most likely caused by an outdated Chrome version. Go to the Chrome menu and choose "About Google Chrome". It should show version "23.0.1271.96", or a greater number. If you have an older version you need to update to the latest version.

    Hope this helps.

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  32. Minor correction: The current Chrome version is 23.0.1271.95.

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  33. Congratulations for the great tool! This will give a big boost to my Chinese learning.

    I have been thinking about the tone-colour issue since a few years back and find it great that you are colouring the pinyin.

    Would you be able to colour the Chinese characters as well? I realize that there are possibilities for errors, so it becomes much trickier than with the pinyin only, but I also think that there are some strategies for dealing with that (e.g. simply leaving out those that have several options in the first stage, picking the more common, showing both possible colours)

    Alternatively are you aware of any program that would already do this, i.e. automatically colouring Chinese characters?

    cheers!

    Kjell

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  34. Hi Chris- this is really a great plugin.
    I am having one problem, on one website, if I hover over a word in Chinese while "Zhongwen" is activated, the definition is displayed at the bottom of the page and not in a pop-up window.

    Any way to correct this? The website is http://gloss.dliflc.edu/Default.aspx (the chinese lessons)

    Thanks,

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  35. Hi Ilan,

    Are you still experiencing the problem? Have you tried typing "a" on the keyboard? By typing "a" repeatedly you can move the popup window between three alternate locations, one of them being at the bottom of the page.

    Are you using Windows/Mac OS/Linux? And what is your Chrome version?

    Thanks!

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  36. Hi Chris,

    I just came across this page after spending several minutes searching for this very extension.

    On another note, is there an app for android devices?

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  37. Hi. Is there a way to disable shortcut keys? While typing this wonderful app too often open a dictionary. If not, a great addition for the next version! Thanks!

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  38. Could you please make it so that it could be selected in options for pop-up to display only simplified, traditional or both? Having both side-by-side is distracting.

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  40. Chris, I think what Ilan is talking about is that with some pages there is no pop-up at all, the dictionary entries are just tacked onto the bottom of the page itself. I have that same problem whenever I open up a locally-stored page (like a simple html file on my desktop). For illustration, please see http://likefood.mooo.com/bottom-of-page.png or https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/44917/bottom-of-page.png (they're the same, just different locations in case your ISP doesn't like dropbox). Otherwise, the plugin works just fine (on almost any other web site I've used it on).

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  41. Daniel, I tried to replicate the problem but for me the pop-up always shows up correctly. Do you have a sample HTML file that I can store locally on my machine in order to see whether I run into the same problem? Which version of Chrome are you running? Thanks for your feedback!

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  42. Hi Chris,

    I love the plugin, and it's helped me and my friends immensely in our endeavors to learn Chinese.

    One problem I have is I regularly visit Japanese websites, so whenever I'm scrolling through text and following my reading with my cursor, or highlighting any text, as you would expect the Zhong Wen plugin activates over the Japanese Kanji. This is particularly troublesome for menus and buttons in Japanese.

    Would it be possible for you to add an option to pause Zhongwen on pages that have Japanese encoding?

    Also, is there any way we can send donations your way?

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  43. Hello.
    Is it possible to add a functionality to disable the keyboard shortcuts (like for perapera for firefox)? These shortcuts annoys me (opens a tab when I don't want it).
    Thanks!
    Daniel

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  44. Hi Chris,

    I'm relaying a message sent by a Skritter user:

    "On the ZhongWen Chrome plug in, when we type "S" to add a word to skritter, can the default be not to pop into the new tab, but just open it in the background? its annoying to go to the new tab and tab back to the reading page."

    Thanks,
    Jeremy

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  45. Hi Jeremy,

    The thing is, on the Skritter tab you have five seconds to choose the list you want to add the word to, otherwise it's added to your default list, so if you're using several lists you might want the tab to open in the foreground. I guess I could change it. Maybe I'll make it configurable on the options page so you can choose whether to open the Skritter tab in the background or not.

    Thanks for the suggestion,
    - Chris

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  46. Just a few suggestions to make this great software even more perfect:
    - Enable adding custom dictionaries (e.g. in csv-format)
    - Enable simultaneous look-up in multiple dictionary files
    - Enable font style and size customization
    This would make it the perfect tool, I guess…

    Keep up the good work!

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  47. Hi - this extension doesn't seem to work for online pdf files. Is this normal, and is there any way I can make it work for them?

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  48. Hi there. I LOVE this extension. I've been using it for years! I recently switched to Ubuntu which wasn't a problem until I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 and now it doesn't seem to work anymore. The icon says "on" but it has no effect. I've tried uninstalling and re-installing but there's no effect. I'm running Chromium 29.0.1547.65 Ubuntu 13.10 (29.0.1547.65-0ubuntu2). Any ideas?

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  49. @Christine: Yes, the extension only works for HTML files, not for PDF files. However, there are a number of free converters on the Internet that allow you to transform a PDF file into an HTML file. Just remember to grant Zhongwen the permission to access local files and then you'll be able to use Zhongwen with your converted PDF files. (Go to the Extensions page in Chrome and check the box that says "Allow access to file URLs" for Zhongwen.)

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  50. @Mitch: Are you still experiencing this problem? It should actually work with Chromium 29, independent of which operating system you're using. If you're using Zhongwen with local files make sure you have access to file URLs enabled on the Chrome Extensions page. Are your other Chrome extensions working correctly?

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  52. Chris,

    First: thank you making this free. It out-classes the other popup dictionaries by far. You did a fantastic job.

    Second: I have a suggestion that would be amazing if you would implement it.

    When I click "R" to save the word to my word list, it not only saves the entry I wanted, but also the first character of that entry or any other words that comprise that entry (often 3-5 extra entries). Could you add a way to turn that off so that it only saves the first/main entry of that word? This would make it so one doesn't need to manually delete all the extra entries from the word list when importing to Anki or studying.

    Is this possible?

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  53. Hi Ben,

    Thanks, I'm glad you find Zhongwen useful.

    As for your suggestion: I kind of know what you mean. The problem, I guess, is that there's no really good way to determine the "main" entry out of a list of several ones. Maybe it's not always the first one. Also maybe some users would like to be able to export those other entries as well. So it would have to be a configurable option. I'm not sure whether it's worth the extra effort that it would take to implement this feature.

    I guess right now it's a little inconvent for your particular use case, but altogether it gives you - and everybody else - the highest degree of flexibility. After all, it's just a matter of selecting the rows you're not interested in and deleting them from the table before exporting the word list. And who knows, maybe once in a while you might want to export one or more of the other entries to your Anki deck as well. :)

    If there's a whole bunch of other users who also demand this feature I might be swayed to add it, but for now I'd rather leave it the way it is.

    I hope it's not too much of a hassle. Think of it as a menu from which you can pick and choose the entries you like. :)

    Thanks again for your feedback!

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    1. I would second that request to only pick out the main word, and not the meanings of the components. I often know the meaning of the two characters individually, so i am only interested in the meaning of the 2 character word. Having it as a option to toggle would be ideal.

      Overall i think the extension is great. Thanks for your hard work.

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    2. I often know the meaning of the word but not the components :)

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  54. where is the support email list or forum? I just installed latest chrome on windows 8 and then installed this and tried this page and it doesn't work at all http://www.google.com/intl/zh-CN/ime/pinyin/done.html :( :(. Seems like it would be a good tool for me.

    thanks for what would be a great tool if i could just figure out why it isn't working.
    thanks,
    Dean

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  55. oh, I don't know if I will get replies on this form....can you email me at dean.hiller at gmail in case I don't get the reply as I would really like to use this software.

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  56. s there anyway the program can read character in a extention or app notepad. It doesn't recognize the characters in any I can find. Is there a way around this?

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  57. would it be possible to add the parts of speech (similar to what pleco does on the mobile apps end) onto the definition of the highlighted words?

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  58. LOCAL FILE
    Rather than copy to clipboard, I would like to just have the definitions saved to a local file. (or at least just the words that are being defined that I want to save). Optionally copy the definition and pinyin as well. In this way, I only have to press c to copy to the list, rather than pressing c, opening another window, placing the cursor, and everything else that is involved with saving the file, and then having to return to the previous window.

    CUSTOMIZED WEB SEARCHES
    Add the ability to do customized lookups (kind of like Alfred for Mac). In this way, I can put any URL search for the highlighted word. Specifically, this would allow me to search on youdao.

    Alfred handles this by replacing {query} with the search string of interest and executing the web search.

    EXAMPLE:
    YOUDAO
    http://dict.youdao.com/search?q={query}t&keyfrom=web.top

    Therefore, searching YouDao for “lightning fast”, will result in the following string:
    http://dict.youdao.com/search?q=lightning%20fast&keyfrom=dict.index

    EXAMPLE:
    MDGB:
    http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php?client=opensearch-wdb-v1&wdqb={query}

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  59. hi chris, thank you for this great app, it is of immense help when learning chinese. one problem came up though: when i try to use it on a locally stored html file, it does not work at all. now, i saw that someone had this same problem before me, and i also read that it supposed to work on locally stored files as well. so i would just like to know, whether there has been any solution for the problem. thanks

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  60. Hi sy,

    actually your problem is really easy to solve: In Chrome go to Tools > Extensions, then scroll down to the Zhongwen extension and check the checkbox that says: "Allow access to file URLs." Then restart Chrome and Zhongwen should work with locally stored HTML files.

    Hope that helps,
    Chris

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  61. Thank you so much!

    www.o-bible.com has spaces between all of the characters, I suggested that they might use CSS to get the spacing the way they want, however, in the mean time, I am wondering if there is a way to make this program have an option to ignore single spaces between Chinese characters.

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  62. Hi, great job with the Zhongwen extension, thanks for developing!

    I'm using the Amazon Cloud reader in Chrome to read Chinese books but Zhongwen doesn't seem to be able to recognize the characters, do I need to configure something or Zhongwen doesn't work with the cloud reader site?

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  63. Hi Chris,

    Firstly I'd like to thank you for making a great app available, It makes me feel like I have superpowers, good job mate!

    Secondly, I'd like to ask if you have considered adding support for other languages? I have noticed that "peraperakun" supports Japanese and Korean, but I don't see why this style of plugin wouldn't be immensely useful for ANY language (aside from languages with funky asian Characters.

    Anyway, I would fully understand if you are not the least interested in this, however, I wonder if you would be willing to make this project open-source?

    Which makes me think, the similarities between your addon, peraperakun, and the desktop app "Chinese Reader" are obvious, are these programs all based on a piece of open source code that I haven't been able to find as of yet?

    It would also be very cool if the "Alt + #“ shortcuts would be customized: I heavily used juku.com, and it would be great to add a shortcut for http://www.jukuu.com/search.php?q=[我要查的词]

    Again, thank you for making learning Chinese for me so much easier and more interesting!

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    1. Hi chrispalmo,

      the reason why Zhongwen (and Peraperakun) doesn't work for non-Asian languages is that it is based on the concept that each character has a meaning and a corresponding dictionary entry. It figures out the character the mouse is hovering over and looks up this character in the dictionary. If it finds a match it shows the corresponding translation of the character and also tries to find a longer match by looking at the next few characters and displays corresponding matches, if they exist. For languages such as English, French, Spanish, etc. this simply would not work, because individual letters do not have a meaning. Also you might never find a corresponding dictionary entry even though the word exists. For example: "does", "did", "doing" are all forms of "to do", but usually you won't find them listed separately in a dictionary. (This is just a simple example, but you get the idea.) Also, Zhongwen (and related add-ons) relies on a dictionary in the CEDICT format. So for something like Zhongwen in Spanish someone would first have to create a dictionary in this format. This would require quite a bit of work. And you would still need to figure out a solution to the problem mentioned above.

      For western languages there are better solutions, e.g. the Google Translate extension. You should try it, it's pretty cool.

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  64. Hi Chris,

    Thank you for this amazing extension... I need help! My girlfriend is in China now, she would use this extensions as well but she can't reach google play store. May you if and where can I find the crx installation file? Thank you a lot!

    Alessio

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    1. Hi Alessio,

      If you give me your email I can send it to you.

      Chris

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  65. Hi Chris,

    Great app! Makes it much easier to keep up my chinese.

    Is this an open source app? I'm trying to create something like this for Khmer (Cambodian). If not, can you provide some help with api/plugins/tools you use?

    Thanks and keep up it up!

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  66. Hi! Is there any way to translate selected word from chinese to another language like russian of french?

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  67. Hi is there any way I could also get the crx file for this app? I have it on my work pc and it's fantastic! However, my home pc always times out when trying to download it from the app store. I have been trying for a month to find a work around but just cant seem to do it. If you could email it to me I would really apprecaite it.

    My email is goneil78@gmail.com

    Thank you so much!

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  69. Love the tool, super easy to use, exactly what I need. Quick question though, when adding a word to my list, it always adds all of the dictionary entries which pop up. For example if I scroll over the word 苹果, and I want to add that word to my list, I would also be adding all of the definitions which pop up along with the entry I want. Is there any way to only add one or the first dictionary entry or the entry I want on the list which pops up? This would make things easier, not having to go back through the list after a study session and delete all of the entries I don't need before I export. Thanks!
    --Alex

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  70. Hi there! thanks for this app and all your work!!
    I'm using it since few weeks and this mornig just disapperead from my screen.. tryied to install it again but can't do it, keep on checking and give me the windows of network time-out!! I'm using a VPN to get in to chrome it can be a related problem?? heeeellppp!!

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  71. Could you please send me the extension by email: cristinad.cda@gmail.com
    thanks!!

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  72. Pop up window disappears when I tried to point at its contents. How do I hear the pronunciations of the pinyin?

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  73. Love the extension and I use it daily, but I have the same question someone raised 3 years ago:

    I use Pleco as my primary dictionary and reader (in part because of the Skritter integration). I think it has become the standard for many other learners too.

    My brain has gotten very used to the Pleco color scheme for tones (1-red, 2-green, 3-blue, 4-purple, neutral-grey). I don't even think about it anymore.

    Having a different color scheme in this extension is confusing me to the point where I have to turn (the otherwise extremely useful) tone colors off.

    Is there any chance you could add an option to switch to the Pleco color scheme?

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  74. Thanks for the wonderful extension!!! Would it be possible to get some features added similar to stuff that rikaisama (http://rikaisama.sourceforge.net/) offers?

    I'm especially keen on the ability to hear the pronunciation on keypress (native speakers in normal speed would be best of course if possible, otherwise machine created) and the Anki Real-Time Import feature (especially real-time import with sound, that would be godlike!!).

    This is one of the things where the Japanese learning community is still ahead of the Chinese one, it would be great if you could close that gap!

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  75. Thank you for the great program. It does not seem to work, however, on webpages saved to my hard drive that I view in Chrome. Is there a way for it to do so?

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  77. I'm constantly getting this error in the console, please fix it!

    Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'startContainer' of nullzhongwenContent._onMouseMove @ content.js:823zhongwenContent.onMouseMove @ content.js:782

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    1. Hi Ben, I'm not getting this error. My console is completely clean. Can you send me more information about this? (your Chrome version and operating system) Thanks!

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    2. I tested it with the latest stable Chrome version 47.0.2526.106, and with the Canary Build 49.0.2613.1. In both cases I do not see the error you described.

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    3. Hi Chris,
      I also get this, it happens if you mouse over a select element, just move the mouse over and out of a select element several times and it should show up.
      Cheers!

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  78. Hello again!
    The extension is simply awesome, but I would like to ask you if there's a way to disable the highlighting of the text, because it's impossible to select the desired text if it's highlighted by the extension and that's quite annoying.
    Thank you!

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  79. Hi Chris, I'm currently building a chrome extension and am very new to web development. What did you do to make your extension work without opening/clicking the icon, and simply working when a user hovers over characters? Thanks!

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  80. Hi Chris, firstly thank you for making this app, it's a life saver. But I was wondering whether it's possible to create a similar app for the phone version of chrome or something? I've been doing most of my reading on my phone these days, and I miss the convenient translations of your app.

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  81. I am unable to access google store from china. could you send me the extension by email? jack_hero_56@hotmail.com

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  83. I love the extenstion and use it reguarly. This weekend Skritter made their new website active and it is a a stripped down version still under testing. However they made it live to make it easier to work out the bugs. However, you cannot even look up a word and add it to a list. Is it possible to link the Skritter lookup to legacy.skritter.com ? This is the location of their old site which still retains full functionality.

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    1. Hi Brian,

      I'm going to fix this, probably in the next few days.

      Thanks for pointing this out!

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  84. You did an amazing job! I would pay for this extension. I can not thank you enough! the quick keys and integration with Anki is flawless! Thank you and keep doing what you do!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you find it useful.

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  85. Hello,

    I am a user of the zhongwen pop up dictionary for Chrome.

    I've been using it for years and like it very much, but there is one thing that is really a little bit frustrating.

    When the dictionary is on and you have the cursor in the field you type, if you type in Chinese and the cursor 'catches' a character and you happen to hit the 's' key as you type (which happens very often), Chrome automatically opens a new tab with the Skritter website (now for some reason it's Tatoeba). I know the 's' key is supposed to do that, and I don't know how others feel about it, but to me it is incredibly frustrating. Is there any way this functionality could be disabled?

    Kind regards,

    Vladimir

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    1. Hi Vladimir,

      yes, as you correctly observed when the pop-up window is visible, certain keys are bound to specific actions. The "s" and "t" keys are two such examples. As long as the pop-up window is not shown this doesn't happen. I think the easiest workaround for you would be either to disable Zhongwen while you're typing text, or moving the mouse pointer out of the way so it doesn't accidentally pop up the translation for a character that you're just typing. I could maybe add an option on the options page for disabling keyboard shortcuts altogether, but switching this on and off on the options page would be much more of a hassle than just briefly disabling Zhongwen when you're typing text.

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    2. Could you make the shortcuts configurable? I'm also using Vimium extension and the shortcuts are conflicting between them.

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  86. Hi
    thanks a lot for this app which is instrumental for improving my Chinese. But I have been struggling lately with a bug : the word list does not build up anymore, i dont know why. Why i enter R, i do have a message indicating that the word has been registered, but when I check my list the new words are not there.. I have tried to slim down the list thinking I had reached the max, but to no avail. Kindly advise ! thanks a lot!!

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    1. Hi,

      are you using the latest version of Chrome (currently 54.0.2840.71)? If it's still not working after updating Chrome you might try to uninstall and then re-install Zhongwen. Let me know if it's still not working after that.

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  87. Hi, Chris!

    Thank you for your work!

    May I ask if your Chrome extension bears any relation to the old Firefox extension of the same name? (Developed by Terry Yuen)

    I thought that I may want to upgrade it to use modern Firefox, but if you used it as a template and made some improvements, I might just as well contribute to your work.

    (Say, make a universal extension.)

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    1. Hi Lockywolf,

      The Zhonwen Chrome extension and the Firefox Zhongwen add-on are completely separate projects that, apart from sharing the same name, have nothing in common. So I'm sorry I can't help you out here.

      Good luck anyway!

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  88. I copy here my review of the extensions relying on CFDICT. Thank you for your work. :-)

    « Il serait vraiment agréable qu'avoir plus de contrôle sur les réglages de l'application:
    - pouvoir désactiver le pinyin (pour afficher seulement le zhuyin)
    - pouvoir désactiver le simplifié (pour afficher seulement le traditionnel).
    Bref, comme sur Firefox. ;-)

    Beau travail. »

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  89. Hi, Can you please send me the CRX file. I want to install it on my work PC. Thank you

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    1. my email is tkhatunaps@gmail.com

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  90. Hello, ni hao!
    wa, hao bang de ruanjian! Hen gan xie!
    Can anyone comment on using Zhongwen on a Kobo? I'm thinking of buying one... Thx

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  91. Hey Chris,
    as I wanted to port your extension to Firefox (using their new Webextension API) but couldn't find any public repo I created a new github repo: https://github.com/leezu/zhongwen

    I made some small changes to ensure that the extension runs on Firefox (and published it to the Firefox Addon store https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/zhongwen-chinese-english/ ). The changes should not break the Chrome support so you can safely merge them.

    For future versions, I plan to merge your changes to above repository and to add more fixes for Firefox. However, if you're interested it would be great to collaborate more closely and I can give you admin access to the repo. Plese contact me via name@surname.nl where you can find my name and surname on my github profile.

    Thanks for writing the great Chrome addon!

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  92. Hi Chris,

    I can't thank you enough for the amazing extension!

    As a beginner student, it would be extremely helpful to see words displayed in other contexts.

    For example:
    义 (yi): justice, righteousness
    -
    主义 (zhuyi) doctrine
    意义 (yiyi) meaning
    义务 (yiwu) duty, obilgation

    Thanks again!

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