Translation dictionary viewer
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StarDict Terminal UI

`sdtui' aims to provide an easy way of viewing translation as well as other
kinds of dictionaries in your terminal.  I wasn't successful in finding any free
dictionary software of this kind, GUI or not, and thus decided to write my own.

The project is covered by a permissive license, unlike vast majority of other
similar projects, and can serve as a base for implementing other dictionary
software.  I wasn't able to reuse _anything_.

Further Development
While I've been successfully using sdtui for a long time now, some work has to
be done yet before the software can be considered fit for inclusion in regular
Linux and/or BSD distributions.  Help is much appreciated.

An approximate list of things that need to be resolved:
 - rewrite the frontend using a proper TUI framework
 - load a list of installed dictionaries at startup (use the default locations
   used by StarDict) and let the user choose which dictionary to open
 - figure out a way to become capable of displaying most dictionaries

Building and Running
Build dependencies: CMake, pkg-config, xsltproc, docbook-xsl
Runtime dependencies: ncursesw, zlib, ICU, termo (included),
                      glib-2.0, pango, gtk+ (optional, any version)

 $ git clone
 $ git submodule init
 $ git submodule update
 $ mkdir build
 $ cd build
 $ make

To install the application, you can do either the usual:
 # make install

Or you can try telling CMake to make a package for you.  For Debian it is:
 $ cpack -G DEB
 # dpkg -i sdtui-*.deb

Note that for versions of CMake before 2.8.9, you need to prefix cpack with
`fakeroot' or file ownership will end up wrong.

Having the program installed, simply run it with a StarDict .ifo file as an
argument.  If you want the application to watch the X11 primary selection for
changes and automatically search for the selected text, use the -w switch.
This feature requires GTK+.

As the original StarDict is a bit of a clusterfuck with regard to collation of
dictionary entries, I had to introduce an additional "collation" field into the
.ifo file.  When sdtui discovers this field while reading the dictionary, it
automatically reorders the index according to that locale (e.g. "cs_CZ").
This operation may take a little while.

Unfortunately this application only really works with specific dictionaries.
Word definitions have to be in plain text, separated by newlines.

CZ <-> { EN, DE, PL, RU } dictionaries:!axtD0QRK!sbtBgizksyfkPqKvKEgr8GQ11rsWhtqyRgUUV0B7pwg

`sdtui' is written by Přemysl Janouch <>.

You may use the software under the terms of the ISC license, the text of which
is included within the package, or, at your option, you may relicense the work
under the MIT or the Modified BSD License, as listed at the following site: