Ok everyone (Joel), the suspense is over.
I have been working with (read: begging) MDBG for the past few weeks to develop and test something that will make self-hosted WordPress bloggers’ lives better.
I’m very proud to announce the arrival of the MDBG wordpress plugin (fanfare please)!
My favorite feature is the automatic linking of all hanzi in posts and comments (!) to the MDBG dictionary. This is especially useful for my “power pidgin” writing style when I often write a sentence with English and Chinese hùn zài yìqǐ 混在一起 and I don’t want to have to explain every word. But it also includes a pinyin tone converter that turns “hun4 zai4 yi4qi3” into “hùn zài yìqǐ” (with an optional link to pinyin pronunciation files).
That reminds me of a question I’ve been wanting to ask everyone (not just you Joel):
What do you use to make pinyin tones on your computer?
Before this plugin I always used this.
As a final bonus, if you use the plugin on your blog, you get added to a special VIP list at the bottom of the plugin page!
If anyone else is using some sort of auto-linking dictionary plugin, let us know how this one compares.
Can anyone who has a self-hosted WordPress blog think of a reason NOT to use the MDBG plugin at least for automatic linking in comments?