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Onomata

Onomata provides tests on vocabulary files of up to 2000 items divided into up to 99 different groups. The tests may be 'on screen' with corrections and a running score displayed; multiple choice and type-in answer formats are available. Alternatively, a set of 20 questions may be saved as a text file for subsequent use or printing.

This is the freeware version of Onomata, which allows vocabularies only for those languages which use the Latin1 alphabet (e.g. English, Latin, French, German, and western European languages in general). For information on how to obtain the full version, which allows vocabularies also for languages which use the Latin2, Latin3, Latin4, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Devanagari, and Kanji/Kana alphabets/scripts, please see the Help file in the freeware version.

The program requires an Acorn computer with RiscOS3, 2Mb RAM, floppy disk drive, and colour monitor.

 

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Jiten

Jiten is a freeware Japanese and English dictionary program. It provides an on-screen dictionary for Japanese and English using the Edict dictionary file coordinated by Professor Jim Breen (see Links page) at Monash University in Australia. Words can be translated from Japanese to English and vice versa; alternative translations are given where applicable and the program includes a dictionary browser facility. Word entry is in Kanji/Kana, Romaji, or English and results of searches are displayed in Kanji/Kana, Romaji, and English; it is not necessary to be able to read Kanji/Kana to be able to use the program. Jiten is able to take advantage of future updates to Edict whenever these become available.

This version of Jiten is not provided with the Edict file, which is available from Jim Breen's website ftp://ftp.cc.monash.edu.au/pub/nihongo/ (under the name edict.zip). Also available there is a full (1816k), ready-to-run version which does include the Edict file (under the name JitenF.zip); this version can also be obtained from Hensa at http://micros.hensa.ac.uk/cgi-bin/browser/local/riscos/dictionary/ (under the name jiten.zip).

The program requires an Acorn computer with RiscOS3, 4Mb RAM, 4Mb of hard drive space, and a colour monitor with a resolution of at least 640x480 (preferably 800x600 or better).

 

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EuroDict

EuroDict provides an on-line dictionary for English and other languages using European alphabets i.e. Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic. Words can be translated from English to a foreign language and vice versa; alternative translations are given where applicable. EuroDict also allows the user to export its dictionary files as text for use in other applications. Non-keyboard characters can be entered using a clickable panel, function keys, and/or standard Alt-Key combinations; Cyrillic and Greek can be typed directly from the keyboard if preferred.

EuroDict comes with two sample dictionary files, for Danish and Finnish. For information on how to obtain additional dictionary files and a program to assist with the creation of your own files, please see EuroDict's Help file.

The program requires an Acorn computer with RiscOS3, 144k RAM, 300k (more if further dictionary files are added) of hard drive space, and a colour monitor with a resolution of at least 640x480 (preferably 800x600 or better).

 

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HTML-Text

HTML pages from websites can be saved as text files by browsers such as Fresco. Unfortunately this process generally leaves large numbers of unwanted spaces and blank lines in the text file as well as unnecessary HTML markers for images. HTML-Text removes these. It also concatenates lines of text split for display purposes on the HTML page, forming correct text paragraphs for transfer to a text editor or DTP program.

The program is designed to work on any Acorn computer with RiscOS3 and at least 256k RAM.

 

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TimeTell

TimeTell is a single-tasking program intended to help teach children to tell the time on a standard 12-hour analogue clock face. It displays a time on screen and the child responds by using the mouse to point to and click on the correct words to represent the time shown; success is rewarded by a simple animation and tune.

The program is designed to work on any Acorn computer with RiscOS2 or RiscOS3, a floppy or hard drive, and a colour monitor.

 

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