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Neahttadigisánit is an online reading dictionary which uses analysers to find lemma forms, and send them to dictionary lookup. This page documents developmental work on Neahttadigisánit.


Using the NDS JavaScript Plugin on other sites.

Neahttadigisánit provides an in-browser plugin that allows you to look up words by clicking on them. It is available by bookmarklet, a bookmark that you click while on any site to include the functionality, but it is also simple to include on other sites. For an example, visit Kursa.

If you are a site owner and want to include the plugin on your website (so that the dictionary is available to all visitors), follow the how-to guide:

Linguistic documentation and maintenance

Technical documentation

Configuration file

The file app.config.yaml contains the following things, and is in YAML format:

  • FST path and format definitions
  • XML dictionary path and format definitions
  • Language name defininitions and localisations
  • Base form information: for each part of speech for each language, words that have an analysis matching these tags will be looked up in the lexicon and shown to users.
  • Paradigm generation: these are for the word detail views only, and these forms will be generated and presented to users.
  • Tag rewrites: Tags in FSTs or Lexicon files will be rewritten before being presented to users.

Restarting the service

This documentation may be obsolete. See the Dont panic link for updated info on restart.

( TODO: Delete obsolete documentation)

On gtoahpa, there are definitions in /etc/init.d that allow you to restart, and start the service via the following commands:

    sudo service neahttadigisanit restart
    sudo /etc/init.d/neahttadigisanit restart

This is a shortcut which restarts the process defined in neahttadigisanit.fcgi, so if any issues crop up, that is the place to start debugging. Alternatively, run the development server to check for errors with `python neahtta.py`.

The service must be restarted each time lexica, FSTs, or the configuration file have been updated. Sometimes this may take a little while, as XML files need to be reparsed, and data structures for autocomplete need to be prepared.