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RE: Jumbotext - A New Feature to WWW

From: James P. Salsman <bovik@best.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 16:28:48 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <200007032328.QAA09949@shell9.ba.best.com>
To: www-talk@w3.org
Cc: joris.dobbelsteen@mail.com
>... Now since not everybody has a Speech system ...

More and more languages have talking dictionaries on the web all 
the time.  English has at least a few, for example:

  http://dictionary.msn.com/find/entry.asp?search=pronounce

There you can get a RIFF (.wav) and AIFF audio clip of most words.

The trick is providing a useful way to add the selection (which can 
be obtained differently on different browsers -- see:
http://www.webreference.com/js/column12/crossbrowser.html -- for a 
working form/script example) URL-encoded at the end of your favorite 
dictionary GET-method URL stub like the one above.

This should be easy, but if you open a new window, then you need a 
way to refer to the window that you are studying from, because each 
window can have its own selection.  That method would save only a 
few copy-and-paste operations into the dictionary's own form, but 
when browsing unfamiliar languages, easy access to a dictionary can 
make a lot of difference.

Does anyone have a way to refer to the most recent selection from 
a different window in J/ECMA/JavaScript?  I have a feeling that it 
is probably possibly on each platform, but in different ways, like 
obtaining the selection to begin with.

Cheers,
James
-- 
http://www.bovik.org
Received on Monday, 3 July 2000 19:29:13 GMT

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