[tug-summer-of-code] A couple of project proposals
jfine at pytex.org
Fri Feb 13 18:00:16 CET 2009
Copied to trudick (at) hotmail.com (Todd Ruddick: JavaDict's author)
Todd: Please comment on this discussion.
>> Scott, this is a very hard project, and may require skills you don't
> be, say, a Java applet or something?
No, of course not. That's why I wrote 'may require'. That said, I
don't know if Java applets are the way to go now. For example, a maths
applet from about 5 years ago now no longer works.
And now it appears that these applets are slowly becoming incompatible
with modern browsers. (IE7 still seems to run these applets well
enough, but my version of Firefox no longer does (in fact, I should warn
you that it actually freezes up on some of these applets), and only
certain versions of Sun Java Virtual Machine seem to run the applets
properly.) It also appears that the Java language itself has changed
over the years; I have found that the most recent Java compilers have
some minor issues with some of my old code.
>> I will make again the point I made earlier, which is that unless we can
>> obtain suitable handwriting recognition code, the project is not
>> practical (even though it may be great fun to try).
> Gáspár Sinai's Unicode editor Yudit (http://www.yudit.org/) has had
> handwriting recognition for years, and it seems to be based on Java code
> (see http://www.cs.arizona.edu/projects/japan/JavaDict/ linked from
> yudit.org). Of course, the focus there was on Kanji, but I don't see
> why it couldn't be adapted to general symbols. And it's meant to be
> used with the mouse.
Thank you for answering this point. I've not seen this program before,
and it looks interesting. I've looked at the online documentation.
Here's a key part of the instructions (in an image, unfortunately)
Enter a Kanji [in the entry area]
- release the button between strokes
- always use the "standard" direction and order
Do math symbols have strokes in standard direction and order? I don't
think so. And if so, this may prevent its adaption.
Example: Is 'x' made of '\' + '/' or ')' + '(' ?
I hope we'll learn more about this when Todd Rudick gets back to us.
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