Blog / September 2017

  • 29 September 2017Fixed flashcard layout for iPhone 5s

    Fixed an issue today with example words overlapping the bottom part of the flashcard on iPhone 5s and potentially other phones with equivalent resolutions. Thanks Nico for the feedback. When the example word definitions are long, the area is scrollable. On desktop a scrollbar is shown. On phones, you should be able to tap and scroll the area.

    It's quite the headache to create flashcards that fit in portrait, landscape, as well as a variety of resolutions and pixel density. In the coming weeks / months I may continue to tweak the flashcards so you may notice small adjustments to the flashcard elements, relative size of the kanji and example words and such. If something is really too big, or too small, or doesn't seem to display properly please let me know!

  • 28 September 2017Improved layout for flashcards on mobile + portrait view

    Example words are now displayed below the kanji in portrait view on phone-like devices. It should look like this. Let me know in that github issue or contact page if there are any issues, be sure to mention with device you use or even better, send me a screenshot!

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    Currently I am busy refactoring things to modern Javascript. This will make it much easier to enhance the website as well as fix some issues which are otherwise a headache to solve by maintaing the old code. Keep in mind I started this website more than 11 years ago! As of today's update flashcards are now rendered with VueJs, as well as the Dictionary List. If you are a developer you can clone the open source repository and experiment with the Vue components.

    I am thinking I should update to the last JMDICT version as well. It's been a while it hasn't been updated. Since I fixed a bunch of scripts I used to parse JMDICT, back in August.. I should be able to do this soon.

  • 26 September 2017New build needs testing

    Last week I refactored a bunch of code related to the Dictionary List as well as the Flashcard layout. They are now rendered as VueJs components. This will allow to make further enhancements which was not possible with the old code.

    Functionally, nothing should change yet. However I'd like to make sure I have not introduced new issues, particularly on mobile. Please read this post if you think you can help testing. All you need to do is just log in the development build (called "staging") and use it just as you use this site. Same account, same database. Then let me know what device you used, and if you found any issues or if it works 100% identically.
  • 22 September 2017Improving the Dictionary Lookup results

    Improving the results of the Dictionary feature
    At the moment the listing is very basic. It has a builtin criteria in that it filters out non-common entries. Specifically it currently includes "ichi1", "news1', "spec1" "gai1" (approx. 16000 words).

    To provide better and more useful results, it needs to be sorted according to some logic. For example simple verbs using a single kanji could be shown first. Please share any good suggestions you have in Github issue #122.

    Today's Update
    The website was updated with a refactor of the Dictionary listings to VueJs ( Github issue #121 ). If it doesn't behave exactly as before, or it's broken please let me know!

    I am now refactoring the kanji flashcard itself to a Vue component ( Github issue #38 ). Once this is done we can start doing some fancy things like adding a word from the Dictionary results to the flashcard, potentially allowing users to customize the kanji cards with any examples they find useful. I'm still brainstorming this one.

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    You can now follow Kanji Ryokucha on Twitter for announcements as well as discuss the app with the author. Give him a follow if you like the app!

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