Archive for February, 2006

Added SKIP information

February 25, 2006

Thanks to the kind permission of Jack Halpern, of New Japanese-English Character Dictionary and Kodansha’s Kanji Learner’s Dictionary fame, I have added SKIP (System of Kanji Indexing by Patterns) info and lookup to the kanji dictionary. SKIP is a great way of finding kanji by the way they are visually biult up. Jim Breen has an excerpt from Jack’s books about how SKIP works.

I also added kanji frequency information, which also is the work of Jack Halpern. You can check out more of Jack’s work at the Kanji Dictionary Publishing Society.

On the about page I also added information about the radkfile that is used to get information on the parts that build up a kanji and thus powers the kanji by radical lookup.



February 14, 2006

I just added the names and places dictionary, ENAMDIC, to the database so you can search in that. For some reason I forgot to add it when I launched last week. Sorry.

Super ultra new deluxe Denshi Jisho!

February 9, 2006

Welcome to the new Denshi Jisho. A complete rewrite and over half a year in the making (ok, half a year of odd weekend work). All parts of the site have been refined and improved so you can find that kanji or word even more easily and get on with your translation.

The most notable change is the addition of a kanji dictionary with a plethora of ways to find the right kanji. Accompanying it is a lean radical search — just click on the parts that are in the kanji you are looking for and the matching characters show up almost instantaneously, but make sure that you have a modern browser with Javascript turned on (Explorer 5.5+, Firefox, Safari, Opera).

The general usability has also been improved with slightly larger text, more cross-referencing between the different dictionaries and more convenient search features. My favourite being that wildcards and other search modifiers work from both English and Japanese input mode. This means that you don’t have to type 日本* to find words that begin with 日本. 日本* works perfectly fine.

With this major upgrade the URL scheme has changed a bit to allow for all the new features. But don’t worry, if you have linked to specific searches they will still work and redirect to the new scheme.

If you have any suggestions, comments or bug reports you can send me an e-mail at or comment this post on the development blog, on which I will try to post regularly about what I’m working on to make Denshi Jisho even better. But I can’t make any promises about the development pace since this still is a hobby project.

Lastly, I’d like to thank Adrienne, Annie, Axel, Frans, Erik, Jacob, Max and the Catalyst team, without whose help this upgrade wouldn’t have happened.