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Non-Latin Related Update
Hey, everyone. I don't usually talk about my job on this site, but I'm particularly proud of a project that we've recently released. It has nothing to do with Latin, but I thought I'd share it with everybody. It's a video interview with Seattle Seahawks' own Derrick Coleman for a community website for those with hearing loss. The video is a culmination of months of intense work on our team, and I'd appreciate everybody checking it out! Even if you're not an avid sports fan, it's still a great testament towards perseverance in the face of adversity. —Kevin
You can also view the article (and read the transcript) at HearingLikeMe.
Salvete, everyone! I know the updates to this site are few and far between, but I’m happy to announce some new additions to the site:
Many thanks go out to the people who have emailed me with typo fixes.
Don’t know what responsive design is? Well, it's a page layout that responds to the dimensions of a device’s browser. Go ahead, try loading the site on your smartphone. Or just resizing your browser window to be less wide, and you will see the layout shift to better accomodate the smaller screen real estate.
I’ve been meaning to do this for years now, but time working on this site has been fleeting. After all of the requests to make an iOS/Android app, I’ve decided that a responsive design is a better way to go for now. Had I made an app, it would have just provided the redundant functionality that this current site provides—the only benefit would have been that an app would have been available offline; however, in today’s ever-connected world (at least the parts of the world visiting this website) I don’t foresee much of a need for an offline experience.
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I want to thank everyone who continues to send me feedback on this site. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
What is Latdict?
Latdict is a powerful dictionary tool to aid those wishing to lookup Latin words or their English equivalents. Latdict currently boasts 39,225 Latin word entries, and 229,345 searchable English words.
What’s so Great about Latdict?
Several Latin dictionaries currently exist on the web, but most of them provide raw, cryptic or otherwise unwanted results. I created LATdict because I was tired of dealing with irrelevant search results and digging through cryptic codes that described a word's function and history. When I finished creating LATdict, the dictionary exhibited the following features:
- Latdict uses an effective and efficient search algorithm, based on experience working with other websites that provide a query-based service.
- Latdict also ranks entries based on how often they appear in Latin literature; Latin can have several different words for the same term, but some words are more popular than others. Latdict utilizes the information to provide more common words at the top of dictionary search results.
- Latdict spells everything out in plain English (or Latin). One thing that constantly pains me about Latin dictionaries is that they often omit information about their entries, such as omitting declension, conjugation, and other auxiliary information. Other dictionaries might list this information, but provide it in a raw or otherwise cryptic format. Latdict goes out of its way to specify information about each entry. In fact, Latdict also provides other information as well, including the age of the entry, its area of use, its geographical influence, its frequency, and the source of the entry.
What’s Coming up?
Two Words: Advanced Search
Yes, I am still working on this! Still one of the largest unfulfilled requests is the ability to perform advanced searches. I plan to rectify this situation once I finish the grammar section. “Advanced Search” will have the following features:
- Search a particular part of speech (verb, adverb, adjective, etc.)
- Search by word commonality, geographic location(s) used, time periods used, or source
- Search by declension or conjugation
Once that is complete, I hope to start having inflection matching. This means that you will no longer have to search for a word in its dictionary form (e.g. nominative/genetive for nouns and adjectives, principle parts for verbs). This will really help casual visitors who are wanting to look up words but know absolutely nothing about Latin inflection. The real challenge with this feature, however, is the fact that there are so many exceptions to each inflection pattern that it will be hard to get most of them down.