Arab/Eng definitions a mouseclick away with VerbAce

Just came across a handy program called VerbAce that looks up words in Arabic or English and supplies related words with the click of a mouse.Verbace

I’ve noticed that it doesn’t work equally well with all Arabic-language sites. For example, it works like a charm with the Arabic version of IslamOnline.net, but is (through no fault of its own, I think) useless with Egypt’s Al-Ahram.  It doesn’t integrate as seamlessly with Al-Watan Al-Arabi, but does the trick if you manually copy and paste a word from the page, which admittedly isn’t a terrible hardship.

But these issues are probably not VerbAce’s fault. These sites are each using different HTML encoding  schemes for Arabic. Thus, Al-Ahram is gibberish by default in FireFox, while IOL looks normal. Whether that’s bad coding on Al-Ahram’s webmaster’s part or merely encoding geared to Arabic versions of Windows, I don’t know.

  • http://underwaterlight.blogspot.com alienbea

    Salaam;
    Thanks! I think it may be particularly useful for my husband, insha’Allah. :)

  • Abu Sinan

    I will have to download it when I am on my laptop. That could be pretty useful. I can read Arabic, but it is a bit time consuming for me, never mind my best Arabic certainly isnt the “Fus7a” Arabic that the papers are written.
    Thanks for the resource.

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  • http://dezhen.wordpress.com/ dawood

    It’s a very useful little resource, and can only get better if it becomes popular… I’ve been using it for a while now and never had issues.
    Much more handy than having to lug around a huge al-Mawrid or Hans Wehr to find everything. =)


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