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- 2011/08/22: Moji 1.0.3 fixes issue with html code for kanji entries in FF6.0 and removes broken installer calls from preferences.
- 2011/01/14: jplaces dict removed. It has been merged into jpnam.
- 2011/01/09: Moji 1.0.1 and updated dictionaries for FF4 support and some internal code cleanup
- 2009/03/09: Moji 0.9.8 fixes missing context-menu entry in TB3. New config window layout
- 2009/01/09: Added Japanese-Spanish dictionary.
- 2008/08/27: Moji 0.9.6 fixes abbrevation popup window issue.
- 2008/08/17: Moji 0.9.5 fixes dictionary selection issue in options with Firefox 3.0.
- 2008/06/24: Moji 0.9.4 and updated dictionaries for secure updates in Firefox 3.0.
Moji means character in japanese. It is also the way japanese people will prononce the beginning of "Mozilla".
The moji project aims to help foreigners learning Japanese language to read web pages. The main goal is to add lecture guides to chinese characters (kanji) and translations. It is a Mozilla Firefox & Thunderbird & SeaMonkey extension.
See also: Kanji lookup in French.
Current Moji stable version supports the following:
- An integrated kanji dictionary based on Monash University data, giving kanji meaning in French, German or English.
- An integrated Japanese word dictionary to English (Monash University's Edict), German (Ulrich Apel's WaDoKu), French (Dico FJ), Russian (Oleg V. Volkov), Korean, and Spanish.
- Chinese to English (CEDICT by Paul Denisowski) and German (HanDeDict) dictionary.
- Dictionaries of japanese places and japanese names.
Please also note that at least two dictionaries (one word dictionary and one kanji dictionary) are required for a fully functional installation of moji. Starting with moji 0.9 all new installed dictionaries are automatically enabled. You can reconfigure the order of the dictionaries and which ones are actually use during search in the options pane of Moji. (Menu Tools-Extensions, click on Moji and press the "Options" button). Some of the dictionaries are rather limited in the number of entries. You may consider installing the English or German dictionaries as well, as those are the most extensive ones.
Updating to 0.9 from 0.8.*: It is not necessary to update your dictionaries with moji although we very much encourage to update. The old dictionaries from moji 0.8 (dictionaries with version number 0.4.*) are compatible with 0.9. However, you may still consider updating your dictionaries as well. Together with 0.9 all dictionaries and a few new dictionaries have been released. Where available, the most current edict files from the sources have been integrated into the new dictionaries. Moreover, the new dictionaries have some extensions which are only utilized if you have moji 0.9 installed.
Important note for moji 0.9 on Thunderbird and SeaMonkey. Moji does not include the packaged sidebar code anymore which enables the use of sidebars in Thunderbird and firefox-like sidebars in SeaMonkey. Philip Chee who wrote the code for the sidebars has published a separate extension "xSidebar". Moji 0.9 for Thunderbird and SeaMonkey now depends on this extension. To use Moji 0.9 on either platform you must install the correct xSidebar extension into your application. For Seamonkey you'll find the download of the current version at http://xsidebar.mozdev.org/. For Thunderbird xSidebar extension can be found at http://xsidebar.mozdev.org/tsidebar/. Please make sure to install the correct xSidebar extension. Moji 0.9 will not work without xSidebar on Thunderbird or Seamonkey.
Updating to 0.8 from 0.7.*: Due to the changes in the organization of the dictionaries we recommend to uninstall moji and all dictionaries before installing the new version. Updating the dictionaries over the existing installation may leave some unused files behind. You must update your dictionaries with the update of Moji to 0.8! Moji 0.8 does not work with dictionaries for version 0.7 (dictionaries with version numbers starting 0.1 or 0.3)! Please note, with Moji 0.8 word dictionaries do not contain kanji dictionaries any more. Kanji dictionary now live in seperate packages.
- Changes to configuration do not affect the search history. If you enable another dictionary only future searches will include results from this dictionaries.
- Support for the list of available additional dictionaries on the server is limited to Firefox 1.5+. This feature does not work with Firefox 1.0.* or Thunderbird. You have to download the dictionaries manually from the server.
- There is some delay when you access a kanji dictionary for the first time because moji initializes the radical information.
- There may also be a delay when you search too many dictionaries. Moji now supports more than 2 dictionaries and it searchs all dictionaries that have been configured in the Options pane.
- Be careful if you enabled the longest match search for word dictionaries. This function uses a very simple algorithm. If you select a longer text and have moji search the parts in a word dictionary the search may take very long. You may see even see a warning that the script is running for a long time. With longest match search limit the selected texts to something like a sentence or a few words.
- Support for the keyboard shortcuts configuration is still in beta status. At this time the "full" complexity of the shortcut definition in XUL is exposed in the configuration dialog. If you don't know how it works, there is no need to make any changes. For those who dare they are free to configure any shortcut possible. However, please notice, that you cannot change a shortcut which is already used in your application as the moji shortcuts appear at the end of the search list. For example, you cannot use "Ctrl+N" as shortcut because it is used to open a new window in Firefox. After a lot of thinking I have decided to have these configuration options visible in the official release although it is still beta. But I guess some people find it very useful to be able to define their own shortcut for their own convenience. Again: if you don't really understand how it works there is no need to change anything there.
For Mozilla Thunderbird, Firefox users experiencing problems with the form above, and users using Internet Explorer for downloading XPIs. Use the context menu (right click) to save the XPIs to your desktop or other folder. Then open the add-ons manager on your target application and drag the XPIs into the add-ons manager window.
Install moji-1.0.3.xpi (78.5 KB)
Then install at least one of the dictionaries. Word dictionaries are used when pressing the "Word" button in moji. Kanji dictionaries are used when pressing the "Kanji" button. You can install several dictionaries of each type in which case all respective dictionaries are searched. This can be useful to supplement some of the smaller word dictionaries that are not as extensive as the Japanese-English or Japanese-German ones.
|Language||Word dictionary||Kanji dictionary|
|Japanese-English||mojien-1.1.20110109.xpi (3.9 MB)||mojiken-0.6.20071013.xpi (522.9 KB)|
|Japanese-French||mojifr-0.6.20071013.xpi (408.6 KB)||mojikfr-0.6.20071013.xpi (472.9 KB)|
|Japanese-German||mojide-1.1.20110109.xpi (7.4 MB)||mojikde-0.6.20071013.xpi (608.3 KB)|
|Japanese-Russian||mojiru-0.6.20071013.xpi (156.3 KB)||not available|
|Japanese-Korean||mojikr-0.6.20071105.xpi (680.9 KB)||not available|
|Japanese-Spanish||mojies-1.1.20100415.xpi (511.9 KB)||not available|
|Japanese names||mojijpnam-1.1.20110109.xpi (7.7 MB)||not applicable|
|Simplified Chinese-German||mojiscnde-1.1.20110109.xpi (4.0 MB)||not available|
|Chinese-German||mojicnde-1.1.20110109.xpi (4.0 MB)||not available|
|Simplified Chinese-English||mojiscnen-1.1.20100415.xpi (2.7 MB)||not available|
|Chinese-English||mojicnen-1.1.20100415.xpi (2.7 MB)||not available|
- To use the kanji dictionary in Firefox, show the Moji sidebar by pressing Alt+M, by using the menubar (View-Sidebars) or by using the toolbar button which you can select from the toolbar palette. Thunderbird uses the Shortcut Alt+J and the View-Toolbars menu.
- Select a string containing kanji in the web page with your mouse then click "kanji" (In Thunderbird you can only select the mail contents not the header as I haven't figured out yet, how to grab a selection outside the content window).
- The word lookup is basically the same, but you have to click on the "word" button and you should select no more that the word you want to look for. If you cannot find a word in the dictionary, try narrowing down your selection until you have a match. At this time, Moji is not able to break down a series of kanji into seperate words.
- You can configure the primary and alternate dictionary as well as many more options in the options window of moji. To open it, open the extensions manager (Menu Tools-Extensions), select moji in the list and press the Options button. This opens the options for moji.
Authors: Erwan Loisant, Gerald Vogt
Contributors: Todd Rudick, Mathieu Mangeot, Philip Chee.
MOJI: Enter the Japanese web!