Download the current CC-CEDICT file from http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php?page=cc-cedict into the demo folder.
cd demo wget -O cedict.gz http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/export/cedict/cedict_1_0_ts_utf-8_mdbg.txt.gz php -f index.php
Reads from a CC-CEDICT Chinese dictionary file, and outputs structured data.
- setFilePath() sets path of file to extract and process
- setBlockSize(int) sets block size to read and parse at a time
- setStartLine(int) in case you don't want to start from the beginning
- setNumberOfBlocks(float) in case you don't want to read all the way to the end. You can use INF.
- setOptions(array) define which data you want returned (see below)
The parser will return an array with:
- an array of Entry objects filled with data as per your configuration (see below)
- an array of any skipped lines
- the number of parsed lines
- the number of skipped lines
Basic Entry object
By default, the parser will fill the Entry object with:
- an array of English translations from the dictionary entry
- an array of traditional characters from the dictionary entry
- an array of simplified characters from the dictionary entry
Customising the Entry object
With setOptions(array) (see above), you can change the data included in the Entry object. If any options are set, the Entry will not include any data that is not specified with setOptions()!
Entry::F_ORIGINALincludes the original unparsed line from CC-CEDICT
Entry::F_TRADITIONALincludes a string with the dictionary entry in traditional characters
Entry::F_SIMPLIFIEDsame as above but in simplified characters
Entry::F_PINYINincludes a string of pinyin as formatted in CC-CEDICT (numeric but with ideosyncrasies)
Entry::F_PINYIN_NUMERICincludes a string of pinyin converted to numeric Hanyu Pinyin
Entry::F_PINYIN_DIACRITICincludes a string of pinyin converted to Hanyu Pinyin with diacritics
Entry::F_ENGLISHincludes a string with all the English translations for the dictionary entry
Entry::F_ENGLISH_EXPANDEDincludes an array with the above English translations
Entry::F_TRADITIONAL_CHARSincludes an array of all traditional characters in the dictionary entry
Entry::F_SIMPLIFIED_CHARSsame as above but with simplified characters
Limitations, bugs, roadmap
Opportunities for improvement
- Well perhaps it could output various formats (e.g. JSON) instead of simply arrays?
- Any further Chinese in the English translation (references, alternative spellings, or full forms of abbreviations) could be structured and nested
- getFull() still needs to be described (and made accessible, or removed)