PDF version of dictionary?
Petrides, M.D. Marian
mpetrides at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 17 22:11:09 CST 2009
On Nov 17, 2009, at 9:54 PM, J. Landman Gay wrote:
> Petrides, M.D. Marian wrote:
>> The problem is that I can put a PDF version on my Kindle DX and
>> carry it anywhere at very little cost in terms of weight. This is
>> not true of the hardcopy version. I find there are times when I
>> need to have a reference book open while programming because trying
>> to read through online dox just doesn't do the trick.
> It isn't too hard to make your own:
> 1. Download the MetaCard Setup stack from RevOnline. Open it in Rev.
> Make sure all the Dictionary options are checked. Run the setup.
> 2. In Rev, open the MC Dictionary stack you just installed. Click
> the Home button and import all the Rev dictionary entries. The "?"
> button tells you how.
> 3. Edit the MC Dictionary stack script and add this handler:
> -- JLG: export as HTML file
> on exportDict
> ask file "Name the HTML export file:"
> if it = "" then exit exportDict
> put it into tFileName
> put "<p>" into tP
> set cursor to watch
> repeat with x = 2 to the number of cds
> put the htmltext of fld "word" of cd x & tP & tP after tData
> put the htmltext of fld "type" of cd x & tP & tP after tData
> put the htmltext of fld "summary" of cd x & tP & tP after tData
> put the htmltext of fld "main" of cd x & tP & tP after tData
> put the htmltext of fld "see also" of cd x & tP & tP after tData
> put tP & "<hr>" & tP after tData
> end repeat
> put tData into url ("file:"&tFileName)
> end exportDict
> 4. Type "exportDict" into the message box. It only takes a second to
> create the HTML file.
> 5. Open the new HTML file in a browser or in Word or anywhere else
> you can display it. Print. In the OS X print dialog, choose to
> create a PDF file. On Windows, you'll need a PDF print driver to do
> It isn't gorgeous but it's all there. You could edit the HTML (or
> the export script) before printing to make it prettier.
> Jacqueline Landman Gay | jacque at hyperactivesw.com
> HyperActive Software | http://www.hyperactivesw.com
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