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Welcome to the Dictionary Project

The Dictionary project is the integration of TDS Student with the Merriam-Webster dictionary.


This project is licensed under the AIR Open Source License v1.0.

Getting Involved

We would be happy to receive feedback on its capabilities, problems, or future enhancements:

  • For general questions or discussions, please use the Forum.
  • Feel free to Fork this project and develop your changes!

Module Overview


Web module contains all the UI and implementation logic required for calling the Merriam-Webster REST API and transforming the response.


In general, build the code and deploy the WAR file.

Tomcat Configuration (Environment Variables)

The following parameters need to be set inside of the Tomcat server's context.xml on the Dictionary server:

<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.key.TDS_Dict_Collegiate" override="false" value="---Key for Merriam-Webster Dictionary ---"/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.url.TDS_Dict_Collegiate" override="false" value=""/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.key.TDS_Dict_Learners" override="false" value="---Key for Dictionary ---"/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.url.TDS_Dict_Learners" override="false" value=""/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.key.TDS_Dict_SD2" override="false" value="---Key for Dictionary ---"/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.url.TDS_Dict_SD2" override="false" value=""/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.key.TDS_Dict_SD3" override="false" value="---Key for Dictionary ---"/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.url.TDS_Dict_SD3" override="false" value=""/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.key.TDS_Dict_SD4" override="false" value="---Key for Dictionary ---"/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.url.TDS_Dict_SD4" override="false" value=""/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.key.thesaurus" override="false" value="---Key for Dictionary ---"/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.url.thesaurus" override="false" value=""/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.key.spanish" override="false" value="---Key for Dictionary ---"/>
<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.url.spanish" override="false" value=""/>

Note that the dictionary keys must be obtained and licensed from Merriam-Webster. If you are a Smarter Balanced vendor, you may contact Smarter Balanced for more information.

The following parameter is optional in context.xml:

<Parameter name="tds.dictionary.groupName" override="false" value="SBAC"/>

If groupName for the Dictionary project is specified, then an appropriate database entry in the TDS database must be made. To do this, execute the following script in TDS:

INSERT INTO `configs`.`tds_applicationsettings` (`_key`, `environment`, `appname`, `property`, `type`, `isoperational`) VALUES ('660B3EAF-993B-4289-A2C9-28AB72B7B2CH', 'Development', 'Student', '', 'string', 1);
INSERT INTO `configs`.`system_applicationsettings` (`clientname`, `environment`, `appname`, `property`, `type`, `value`, `servername`, `siteid`, `_fk_tds_applicationsettings`)
VALUES ('SBAC', 'Development', 'Student', '', 'string', 'SBAC', '', '',(select _key from configs.tds_applicationsettings where property like ''));

Additionally, this parameter must be added to the Program Management configuration for the Student component:

tds.testshell.dictionaryUrl=http://<host>/Dictionary - URL for the Dictionary project deployment.

Build order

If building all components from scratch the following build order is needed:

  • sharedmultijardev


Compile Time Dependencies

  • shared-web
  • spring-boot-starter-tomcat
  • logback-classic
  • jcl-over-slf4j

Runtime Dependency

  • servlet-api

Test Dependencies

  • junit
  • shared-db-test