Help for MW Advanced Search

This program does partial word searches for Sanskrit head words or English words in the Monier Williams dictionary. For the basic usage, type a word in the text input box next to 'Sanskrit word:' or 'English word:', set the search paramenters, and the maximum and output parameters, and click the button. A message in the left display pane indicates the program is working. When the request is finished, output appears in the left display pane.

Instead of clicking the button, one can press the key while the cursor is in the text input box. (NOTE: Currently, this is known to work properly only when using the Firefox or IE7 browsers with the Windows XP operating system. It is known to work improperly for the Safari browser on the Macintosh; however, the 'Search' button seems to work ok in this case.)

The data in the left pane presents the underlying Sanskrit words where matches occur; if you are searching for an English word, the matching word appears in parentheses next to the Sanskrit word. The Sanskrit word is clickable. If clicked, the full record for the word appears in the right-hand pane. All Sanskrit words appear according to the setting of the 'output' parameter.

Various controls allow some degree of tuning of the search process and of the output format.


working... workaround
Some users have noticed that after a data request is made, 'working...' appears, and then the usual data display never appears. We are aware of this problem, but unsure of how to prohibit it. It seems to happen more frequently for some users than for others. Experience has shown that one of several similar actions can usually get the user past this problem when it occurs:


In the hope of greater efficiency, the searching is actually done on a text copy of the reference dictionary. The right-hand pane detail records are from the reference dictionary itself. Thus, it is possible that the two might get out of sync if we fail to recreate the text copy in a timely way. You may want to alert us if you think this is the explanation for some curious result.

Users of the prior version may notice a difference in the order in which search results are listed. Here, the order is that of the MW dictionary.