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RAE’s dictionary handler for deskbar-applet

Filed under: GNOME, Python — acidborg @ 13:21

As I promised, I’ve written a handler for deskbar-applet (extensions are called handlers in deskbar-applet). It’s written in Python and it just took me a couple of hours.

It is very simple: you just type a word in deskbar-applet, then you choose to look it up in RAE’s dictionary and the definition appears on your favourite browser. RAE means “Real Academia Española de la lengua”, the maximum Spanish language authority.

It can be downloaded from here.

A couple of screenshots:

Rae handler1

Rae handler2

To install it:

  • Download it
  • Untar the downloaded file: tar xvfz rae.tar.gz
  • Copy it to your deskbar-applet handlers directory: cp rae.py $HOME/.gnome2/deskbar-applet/handlers
  • Restart deskbar-applet
  • Go to the “Preferences” menu and load the handler by clicking on the checkbox next to “RAE’s dictionary”
  • Start Looking up words

I have added bug #349075 to bugzilla as an enhancement with my handler and I’ve included it in the “Extending the DeskbarApplet” web.


  1. Thank you very much

    I just downloaded it yesterday and I love it.

    I only have one question for you, is it normal that I can’t do searches with accents? I mean, words containing accents.

    Jorge González.

    Comment by Anonymous — 29/07/2006 @ 09:40

    • Re: Thank you very much

      I’m glad you like it.

      It seems that there are more people with the accents problem, but I’m using Deskbar-applet 2.14.2 and it works fine for me.

      What version are you using? What is your system locale?

      Jaime Frutos Morales

      Comment by acidborg — 29/07/2006 @ 11:55

  2. Más diccionarios

    Diccionario panhispánico de dudas: http://buscon.rae.es/dpdI/SrvltGUIBusDPD?lema=%s

    Corpus de la Real Academia Española del Español Actual: http://corpus.rae.es/cgi-bin/crpsrvEx.dll?MfcISAPICommand=buscar&tradQuery=1&destino=1&texto=%s&autor=&titulo=&ano1=&ano2=&medio=1000&pais=1000&tema=1000

    El uso de estos dos en combinación con el DRAE realmente sirve como diccionario de autoridades.

    Podría sugerir también el corpus histórico de la RAE, pero eso me parece que es excesivo para la gente normal.

    Happy hacking.


    Comment by Anonymous — 30/07/2006 @ 16:57

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