Project 323. Create BE Companion
(previously "Simplify/Rewrite IDP Companion for Basic Only".)
This will be called BE Companion to honor its parent, IDP Companion by Tyler Chambers of www.ILoveLanguages.com .
Start with a review of our use of the wonderful IDP Companion (International Dictionary Project) traslation software.
See Read IDP discussion of the software and download Basic translation dictionary
Simplifications/Changes to Create software more suitable for Basic English.
Delete all other languages, will be only English to Basic.
Delete non-Roman letter feature. (it also gets in the way of paste.)
Smaller display size (hides too much desktop)
Allow paste of words from word processor.
Add Home (or other) key to clear text, position cursor, be ready for new word.
Keep color for sought-word ready (entry is empty).
Keep great options of "exectly" and "containing."
Keep Cntl C for copy.
Add click on definition to automatically copy.
When no word is found in dictionary:
Display empty definition with bgcolor and beep.
Add ability to scroll up and down database from a (not) found word.
Automatically switch to and display "find containing".
Display word(s) before, blank and after (leaving word sought in colored background)
Option to turn sound on and off.
Assure space between word and definition. Insert always or if none there.
Other Possible Features.
Code in dictionary for bgcolor and sound.
Code in program to display bgcolor.
Display preferred word/definitions
(or embed message and duplicate text in dictionary)
This may reinstall multiple language options/dictionaries.
Phonetic Spelling (Spell Check) suggests words for search.
Might be simplest to handle this by letting the user customize his
dictionary from various downloads : common words plus dialect words.
Multiple Languages to Basic
This would entail a major effort to create a new dictionary, not
just a dialect of standard English. Therefore a copy of the
BE Companion may be created that is customized, for example, German to Basic.
This might be simpler and more efficient than putting multiple language
capability into everybody's program.
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