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    Hi all -

    I need a certain type of dictionary for a project. I've looked online for dictionary scripts and the best one I've come across is something called "YourDictionary". It runs via Ajax; I believe it requires an MySQL database. But what I don't understand is if I can insert my own content into it.

    My project is for an etymological dictionary. Basically it's a dictionary that emphasizes the history and evolution of specific words (rather than meanings meanings). Here's an example.

    I'd like the script to run on my own (simple) website. Also in general, how difficult would it be to write a dictionary script in the event that the above mentioned script can't be altered? Again, I have to supply the content. Please help.

    Many thanks in advance!

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    I doubt you're even going to find that, since it's too specific and it's too much of a niche idea, so you're writing it from scratch.

    Developing it in theory wouldn't be that difficult...you'd have a a database table with a word field, which would be your primary key, then the history/evolution of the word. Then you'd have a small series of pages to display that information.

    The hard part would be populating the whole thing. You'd have to write the entries, spell check them, and dump them in. If you've got anywhere over say 100 words and definitions, you're going to be doing a lot of typing.
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    The hard part would be populating the whole thing. You'd have to write the entries, spell check them, and dump them in. If you've got anywhere over say 100 words and definitions, you're going to be doing a lot of typing.
    It's actually quite a few more than 100! :happy: But that's ok ... A LOT of it is already typed up. It's an ongoing project really. A working script is the main hurdle though...I can populate with copy/paste in time - once I get the hang of it.

    I suspect I'll have to make use of MySQL correct? Or could I use excel (longshot)?

    Also what do you mean by
    Then you'd have a small series of pages to display that information.
    What I'm after is something akin to the sites I mentioned in the first post - basically the search bar, hit search, and the info pops up underneath. Make it easy on the 2 users I'll get!

    thanks.

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    I'd go MySQL. Excel could work, but it wasn't built for this sort of thing (although for some reason, people keep using it this way lately).

    Again, you're looking at a DIY sort of deal. I doubt you're going to find the script you're looking for.
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    late question to your post but what does DIY mean? Sorry if it is a rather silly one. Also would I also be able to include a js hide/show script to it (sort of like a click here for additional info)?

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    Hmm...I've tried using MySQL but haven't really managed to get anywhere with it. I'm pretty much a novice at this so I find the MySQL.org user interface very clunky to be honest.

    Outside of the database what are the steps to follow to get this sort of script up and running on php pages?

    Apologies for the remedial questions but thanks for the help!

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    use PHPMyAdmin for a nice interface to mySQL.
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    For your project, once you know the structure of the DB you're working with ... Most hosting providers have myPhpAdmin available to users that are running DB along with their hosting plan.

    Once you know the structure of the DB ... You can write some simple PHP pages that allow you to insert, update, delete and view the data in the DB.

    Without ever doing it, it can seem daunting, but with PHP, its actually a lot simpler than most other server side languages.


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