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: an apertium bilingual 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.


$ apertium-dixtools dix2tiny apertium-en-es.en-es.dix en-es English-Spanish palm config-en-es.xml

This command will generate two files:

  • en-es-data.cc
  • en-es-apertium-palm.pdb. This is the file required for PalmOpenDic.

Find a few examples of .pdb files in the apertium-tinylex-palm SVN directory.

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">n,adj,adv,vblex</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>


Video demo


Related software

  • Apertium TinyLex: a J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition) program for mobile devices which looks up dictionary entries.

External links

  • TinyLex.com: Apertium TinyLex binaries for Palm at tinylex.com.
  • 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.
  • Palm OS Emulator is used for writing, testing, and debugging Palm OS applications.
  • J-Pilot: a desktop organizer application for PalmOS devices.