THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MALAY-ARABIC ONLINE MULTIMEDIA DICTIONARY ON SMART PHONES

Khirulnizam Abd Rahman, Azrehan Abd Aziz, Syuria Amirrudin,
Juzlinda Mohd Ghazali, C. W. Shamsul Bahri C. W. Ahmad, Mohamad Haron Husaini
Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor
Bandar Seri Putra, 43600, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
khirulnizam@gmail.com

Abstract
There are a lot of dictionaries available in the market. However, it‘s hard to find a MalayArabic dictionary complete with picture or video to visualize what is the word represent, and pronunciation in voice. Thus, the researchers developed and implemented a Malay-Arabic online multimedia dictionary for beginner (OMMAr). The user is able to enter a Malay word and if the word matches any of the entry in the database system, the meaning in Arabic will be displayed with the picture or video and the sound for the word pronunciation. If there is no match, the system will propose similar words. The system is also capable of the doing the same for Arabic words.  The technology used is client-server technology where the mobile device (Smartphone) is the client, and there is a web server to facilitate the lookup table (database) and storage for the audio-visual aids. This paper will present the design of OMMAr on Smartphone which uses the UTF-8 character encoding to store the Arabic words. There is a special treatment to the web pages, the web server, and also the database. The web pages use UTF-8 HTML encoding while the web server needs a special function to translate the HTML code into UTF-8. To store the Arabic characters, the database‘s collation also need to be set to UTF-8. The authors use the Flash format for the videos and the sounds, while the images are in JPEG, GIF or PNG format. This paper is to report the design, implementation and testing of the systems user interface on several popular Smartphone devices.

Keywords: online dictionary, Malay-Arabic online dictionary, UTF-8 characters transaction, online multimedia dictionary, mobile based dictionary.

The full paper

179_integration2010_DESIGN-and-Implementation-of-Malay-Arabic-Online-Dictionary-on-SmartPhones-khirulnizam


The paper above was presented in Regional Conference on Knowledge Integration in ICT 2010.  And below is the address for the web application designed for mobile phones.
http://www.kuis.edu.my/iame/ommar/m/

The web application could be viewed from any smartphone (mobile phone) that has web browser and Flash capability.


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