online dictionary

Peter Austin pa2 at SOAS.AC.UK
Tue May 25 04:41:15 UTC 2010


Lexique Pro is a tool you could look at -- it reads Toolbox lexicon files
and handles media, embedding pictures within the relevant entries and
playing sound. You can produce a stand-alone lexicon or a web based HTML
dictionary. The web dictionary generated by the program is pretty ugly but
it is possible to tweak the HTML to get something that looks nicer.

Have a look at and the samples listed at

One nice feature is if you include scientific names Lexique Pro codes a
hyperlink that will search the web for information about that scientific

<>Note that the Lexique Pro interface
can be set to a range of languages, and it generates finder-lists in each of
the interface languages as well.


On 25 May 2010 11:29, Yvonne Treis <Y.Treis at> wrote:

>  Hi all,
> I’d like to produce an online dictionary of an Ethiopian language.
> So far my steadily growing lexical data is in a Toolbox file. Which
> procedures/steps/software do you recommend to create an online dictionary
> (starting off from a Toolbox lexical database)? Ideally, the dictionary
> should be searchable via the documented language and via English, streamable
> sound files should be connected to the head words of each entry and the
> example sentences, and it should allow for the addition of pictures/photos
> to some lexical entries.
> Does anyone have any advice or experiences to share about the creation of
> online dictionaries? How did you proceed? Is it possible for a person with
> only modest technical skills to produce a usable and updatable online
> dictionary?
> Cheers,
> Yvonne Treis

Prof Peter K. Austin
Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics
Department of Linguistics, SOAS
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

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