Kongzi Beta-2

Kongzi Beta-2: Tag EditorKongzi Beta-2: Add Entries

Kongzi is growing – it is now 4,000 lines of code. Feast your eyes on the new Tag Tree System (shown above).

Additionally, I’ve improved the load/save functions – you can now export tag lists, and they are generally much smaller than exporting word lists – by several times. For example, one popular application seems to require 23 bytes for one dictionary entry in a word list, on average. Kongzi requires around 7 bytes for a tag and an entry, on average. Convenience is improved as well – you don’t need 30 different word lists to use Kongzi – you only need one dictionary file per language.

I’m amazed at how far the program has come. The user intrerface is still amateurish, but the program is bursting with a power I didn’t expect. For example take the innovative Shortcut System I’ve designed. It allows end users to create and share shortcut files (just like they can create and share tag tree files). What this really means is that users do not need an IME to type pinyin – they can just type ni3 and it will automatically resolve to nǐ. If you prefer Japanese, you can configure “no” to mean . It’s so configurable it’s scary – you can type ni3- and it will resolve to . Although, there is a catch – it depends on end users (or myself) to slowly enter all the shortcuts that users might want to use. Anyone with an IME doesn’t need the shortcuts system, but it saves a heck of a lot of time switching between Pinyin, Ascii, and Chinese all the time. The silver lining here is that once entered, the shortcut can be saved, and is integrated within the program. So slowly but surely all of the important tags (read; Pinyin and Hiragana/Katakana/whatever) will be created and distributed with the program.

The program is less than 200k in size; although if you don’t have a Chinese Unicode font you will need the version which includes the Bitstream font the program uses by default.

Over the next few days I plan to add innovative, cutting edge features like a mix and match quiz type, and a memory game with Chinese characters (again, or Japanese, Korean, whatever you have a font and an IME or shortcuts for).

I will also be experimenting with licencing numbers soon, so I can distribute the program. Keep an eye on this space, I’ll be giving away dozens (maybe a hundred or more) free copies to beta testers soon!

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