On Line Sanskrit Dictionary
This is the
web interface to the well known Monier Williams Sanskrit Dictionary. The familiar
transliterated input method based on the Harvard Kyoto scheme is used for
specifying the query string.
This page was first setup
in 2003 when interactive Devanagari input on a web interface was pretty much
out of question. The Acharya site did incorporate an appropriate interface
using a Java Applet. Regrettably Java Applets have not found favour in
web interfaces and today (2020) a different approach is taken. The query
string is typed in using Roman letters which map to the aksharas of Sanskrit.
A separate window will dynamically show the Devanagari rendering of the
string for the user to confirm that the right string is entered.
Results are returned
in the form of text built through dynamically created images to allow
virtually any graphics enabled browser to display Devanagari text. The
presentation given here is based on the files provided by the Cologne based
Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies. The flexibility offered by the
IITM software in taking text in transliterated form and processing the
same to present an effective display on a web page is very clearly brought
out in this dictionary presentation.
Please bear with us for a while. The dictionary pages are being setup.
Note on Masking
The search for a word attempted here is on a syllable level. The representation
of text in the IITM scheme allows a syllable to be matched exactly or with
other syllables which match except for the vowel or cases where only the
first consonant in the syllable gets matched.This approach allows searches
to be made when the exact form of the syllable is not known.