Improvements to the MDBG dictionary website
May 5, 2011
Tip: if you prefer the pinyin to be shown next to the 汉字 instead of below the 汉字, click the "Display Settings" link just above the search result and choose "Show pronunciation: right of 汉字".New layout for search results
The MDBG dictionary website started about 10 years ago. Over the years many features have been added, resulting in more and more buttons and columns. In the new design we put the focus back on the content. Some of the new features are:
New display settings
The display settings allow you to change the way the search results are displayed. To open the display settings, click the "Display Settings" link just above the search result. If you prefer the pinyin to be shown next to the 汉字 instead of below the 汉字, choose "Show pronunciation: right of 汉字". For those who want an even cleaner result page, it is now also possible to hide HSK levels, Cantonese pronunciation, Cangjie and Four corner codes. The display settings also allow you to choose between Yale and Jyutping Cantonese.
The pinyin tone colors are not a new feature, the only change is that they are enabled by default now. See this page for more information about the tone colors. The pinyin tone colors can be disabled through the display settings.
Another new feature added to the display settings is to hide the pronunciation until you hover the mouse cursor over an entry. This adds a kind of flashcard effect to the search results, stimulating memory recall.
Sound player support for iPads
Previously Adobe Flash was used to play the pronunciation examples. Devices such as iPads do not support Adobe Flash and were unable to play the pronunciation examples. The new sound player adds iPad support through the usage of HTML5. Android devices will need to have Adobe Flash installed to play the pronunciation examples.
Previously, the translation page only offered a word-by-word dictionary look up in addition to the translation. It is now also possible to choose a vocabulary list or mouse-over pop up annotation instead.
Internet Explorer 6 is no longer supported. The MDBG dictionary website is best viewed in Firefox 3+, Safari 5+, Chrome 11+ or Internet Explorer 9+. Updating to any of these browsers is free.
The mobile version of the dictionary website now automatically scales to the screen size of your device.
Tip: The Chinese character flashcards can help you learn new Chinese characters.
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