Saturday, February 23, 2008

Quickly searching online references using a browser add-on -1

This article is an extension to the one already published on December 30 giving details on how to search online references using Needlesearch. Since then, I have hacked some more online resources gleefully, and in addition to the settings for Honyaku, Goo, Life Science Dictionary given earlier, here are the settings for six more search engines/dictionaries. Should you have find more resources or would like more to be added, write to me through Post a Comment.

To recap, after installing Needlesearch, click on the Launch Needlesearch Editor icon (image of a wrench), click on Properties, and copy and paste these settings one by one into the respective boxes. Once you have finished, enter any Japanese string in the Needlesearch box in your browser, select one of the engines you have registered and hit the Enter key. I have tested these settings on Firefox 2.00 on Windows XP and they work fine. Let me know (by clicking on Comments and explaining the problem in detail) if they don't work for you and I'll try to do some more hacking and respond to you whenever I find time!

The references and their settings are as below (some URLs are fairly long; make sure you copy the entire line and paste it at the URL location correctly):

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1. Progressive Dictionary

Enter Name: Yahoo Progressive Dictionary

Enter Search URL: http://dic.yahoo.co.jp/dsearch?enc=UTF-8&p=Needlesearch&stype=0&dtype=2

Encoding: UTF_8

Method: get

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2. Microsoft Terminology

Enter Name: MS Terminology

Enter Search URL: http://www.microsoft.com/japan/terminology/query.aspx?id=&q=needlesearch&x=21&y=10&kbid=&ui=L

Encoding: shift_jis

Method: get

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3. Chemical Substances JE database

Enter Name: Chemical Substances Database

Enter Search URL: http://www.saglasie.com/bin/chemsrch.dll?Q=Needlesearch&L=J

Encoding: UTF_8

Method: get

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4. Science Terms JE/EJ

Enter Name: Science Terms JE/EJ

Enter Search URL: http://sciterm.nii.ac.jp/cgi-bin/list.cgi?sa=on&f_name1=GEN&f_name2=OCN&f_name3=MET&f_name4=CHR&f_name5=INS&f_name6=LNG&f_name7=NUC&f_name8=ARC&f_name9=AER&f_name10=MIN&f_name11=SSM&f_name12=BOT&f_name13=PSY&f_name14=MTH&f_name15=NAV&f_name16=GLG&f_name17=GEO&f_name18=AST&f_name19=ZOO&f_name20=LIB&f_name21=CIV&f_name22=PHY&f_name23=SPE&f_name24=LOG&list_count=24&limit=0&refer=Needlesearch

Encoding: shift_jis

Method: post

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5. e-words (IT)

Enter Name: e-words

Enter Search URL: http://e-words.jp/?q=needlesearch&cx=003568274145226911062%3Adfxin19bvrq&hl=ja&lr=lang_ja&ie=Shift_JIS&oe=Shift_JIS&inlang=ja&headline=%8C%A9%8Fo%82%B5%8C%EA%8C%9F%8D%F5&cof=FORID%3A11

Encoding: ISO-8859-1

Method: get

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6. J-Tokkyo (Patents)

Enter Name: J-Tokkyo

Enter Search URL: http://www.google.co.jp/custom?domains=www.j-tokkyo.com&q=Needlesearch&sa=%8C%9F%8D%F5&sitesearch=www.j-tokkyo.com&client=pub-9789517901181258&forid=1&channel=4824883313&ie=Shift_JIS&oe=Shift_JIS&cof=GALT%3A%23008000%3BGL%3A1%3BDIV%3A%23336699%3BVLC%3A663399%3BAH%3Acenter%3BBGC%3AFFFFFF%3BLBGC%3A336699%3BALC%3A0000FF%3BLC%3A0000FF%3BT%3A000000%3BGFNT%3A0000FF%3BGIMP%3A0000FF%3BFORID%3A1&hl=ja

Encoding: ISO-8859-1

Method: get

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi. "OpenSearchFox" (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3698) might be a lot easier and simpler than Needlesearch.

Gururaj Rao said...

Thanks Anonymous, for this information. One advantage I found with NeedleSearch is that you can do multifield searches with it as given here: http://needlesearch.mozdev.org/manual.html#addmultiple
I have been trying to get Japanese text searches with Glova (http://trans.glova.jp) to work with Needlesearch but have been unsuccessful so far. The add-on you pointed out does work in Glova, that's great! It doesn't work in others such as http://www.sanseido.net. By the way, any person who gives such useful tips shouldn't remain Anonymous for long! :)