Tinylex on a Palm

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Mobile dictionaries for Palm can be generated using the dix2tiny task in apertium-dixtools package.

Palm OS Emulation


Download and install Apertium DixTools

Generating dictionaries for PalmOpenDic

$ apertium-dixtools dix2tiny <dix> <lang-pair> <lang-pair-text> <platform> [<filter>]


  • dix: the apertium dictionary (.dix).
  • lang-pair: the code for the language pair (es-ca, en-es, etc.)
  • lang-pair-text: the name of the language pair (Spanish-Catalan, English-Catalan, etc.)
  • platform: in this particular case (dictionaries for Palm), the option must be 'palm'.
  • filter: an XML config file with some filtering rules.

An example of configuration file

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE properties SYSTEM "http://java.sun.com/dtd/properties.dtd">

    <!-- force to preserve the following tags -->
    <entry key="preserveTags"></entry>

    <!-- force to ignore the following tags -->
    <entry key="ignoreTags">GD,ND,cm</entry>

    <!-- ignore tags not listed in 'preserveTags' and 'ignoreTags' properties -->
    <entry key="ignoreNotListedTags">no</entry>

    <!-- characters to remove -->
    <entry key="removeCharacters">\\*</entry>

    <!-- characters to replace with blank -->
    <entry key="replaceCharactersWithBlank">_</entry>

    <entry key="rename_n">noun</entry>
    <entry key="rename_adv">adverb</entry>
    <entry key="rename_adj">adjective</entry>

Old notes

There is a lot of people out there who use Palm handhelds and could benefit from Apertium bilingual dictionaries.

There is an opensource application for Palms called PalmOpenDic that can handle dictionaries.

Dictionaries in a rather easy text-like format such as the one used by dict.cc (see the file request page of dict.cc) can be converted with a Java application (for the desktop) inside PalmOpenDic into the Palm database format used by PalmOpenDic.

Apertium bilingual dictionaries could easily be converted, using ltexpand, into a dict.cc-like format and then distributed with PalmOpenDic.

Mikel has tried to install a the resulting, converted file into his Zire 22 Palm but got a message when using jpilot to install ("Instal·lació de DictCC.pdf ha fallat"). This was probably because the file was too large. After converting just a section, it worked nicely.

Related software

  • Apertium TinyLex: a J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition) program for mobile devices which looks up dictionary entries.
  • PalmOpenDic: PalmOS dictionary application for PalmOS 3.5 or higher. It can be used to view (and search in) dictionaries which are stored on your Palm.
  • J-Pilot: a desktop organizer application for PalmOS devices.