DictInterface Installation Instructions

For DictInterface 2.0 (Linguistic Watermark 2.0)


The Linguistic Watermark graphic configuration utility can be used for properly setting the Dict Interface according to the dictionaries available in your computer. Anyway, the instructions below refer to the xml configuration file.

Below are represented the interface and a instances sections of the Linguistic Watermark configuration file (see Linguistic Watermark User Manual for details):

- <interface id="DICT" path="plugins/it.uniroma2.info.ai-nlp.ontoling/DictInterface.jar">
  <property description="path where is databases.xml" id="dictionary_path" value="plugins/it.uniroma2.info.ai-nlp.ontoling/Dict" />

the dictionary_path interface property tells the Dict interface where to look for the databases.xml file


- <instance id="dan-eng" interface="DICT">
  <property description="source language" id="source_language" value="dk" />
  <property description="destination language" id="destination_language" value="en" />
- <instance id="deu_eng" interface="DICT">
  <property description="source language" id="source_language" value="de" />
  <property description="destination language" id="destination_language" value="en" />

        the source and destination languages instance properties are used to tell Dict Interface which specific dictionary is being loaded

The Dict Interface is based on JavaDICT, a java library for accessing dict dictionaries written by Luis Parravicini (see end of this page). The databases.xml file is configured according to the instructions given in the JavaDICT site, anyway, the following example may be of help for a brief configuration.

<dictionaries base="plugins\it.uniroma2.info.ai-nlp.ontoling\Dict\">
  <dictionary name="dk-en" db="dan-eng.dict.dz" index="dan-eng.index" relative="true" type="compressed" />
  <dictionary name="de-en" db="deu-eng.dict.dz" index="deu-eng.index" relative="true" type="compressed" />
  <dictionary name="de-it" db="deu-ita.dict.dz" index="deu-ita.index" relative="true" type="compressed" />
  <dictionary name="en-de" db="eng-deu.dict.dz" index="eng-deu.index" relative="true" type="compressed" />
  <dictionary name="en-fr" db="eng-fra.dict.dz" index="eng-fra.index" relative="true" type="compressed" />

The user must only pay attention to adopt identifiers (values for the name attribute) composed by the aggregation of the two languages (source and destination) set for the instances in the Linguistic Watermark configuration file

Depending on the distribution of the Dict Interface which you have downloaded, you may have found some dictionaries inside it. More dictionaries can be added following the links at: http://www.dict.org/links.html


the DictInterface release includes the following third party libraries:
  • gnu-regexp-1.0.8.jar
  • javadict-1.4.jar. JavaDICT is a server for the DICT protocol written in Java. It's the only (so far) DICT server that allows you to access dictionaries stored in a database (currently only PostgreSQL is supported). JavaDICT is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). The author of javadict is Luis Parravicini.


    The Dictionary Server Protocol (DICT) is a TCP transaction based query/response protocol that allows a client to access dictionary definitions from a set of natural language dictionary databases. For more info, visit: www.dict.org