Karyanet website is back

When I couldn’t access Karyanet website last weekend and, from my Google searches, I found Karyanet “Sistem ini ditutup” (System brought down), I hastily concluded that the whole Karyanet website has been brought down until mid-April for maintenance based on the Google cached result. Apparently I have misunderstood the whole thing. It seems like only the services for Karyanet registered members are down. Oopps! Whatever it is, I have found alternative services I need from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) website itself. I don’t think I would need Karyanet anymore.


Kamus Dewan moved!

I wrote a little less than a year ago about the Kamus Dewan could already be used online. It was hosted at the Karyanet web site. Unfortunately Karyanet is down until middle of April this year for “maintenance”. Could you imagine if WordPress went down that long for maintenance?

But despair not! The online Kamus Dewan has been brought back to where it should have been in the first place — to Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) web site. It bewildered me the first time I learned about the online Kamus Dewan not being hosted at DBP. Kamus Dewan will and should forever be associated with DBP. The two monikers are simply inseparable.

You could now search words in Kamus Dewan and other DBP great resources like Tesaurus Bahasa Melayu Dewan (thesaurus), Kamus Inggeris-Melayu Dewan (English-Malay dictionary), Kamus Pelajar (learner’s dictionary), Kamus Istimewa Peribahasa Melayu (Malay idioms dictionary) and Kamus Komputer (computer dictionary), among other things, all at the same time at Carian Kata DBP. The usability could still be improved (the page reloading and window resizing problems are driving me nuts) but I would say this is the ultimate tool for Bahasa Melayu users. Just make sure you pick one search category (‘Kategori‘). The All (‘Semua‘) category is pretty useless because it would only return the number of matches from each category.

One neat thing also is, from the same place, you could search Malay pantuns (rhymes). I know Valentine’s Day has passed already, but you could search pantuns on ‘cinta‘ (love) or ‘merana‘ (agony), for example.

I reckon Carian Kata is the coolest thing DBP has ever created for us Malay language users. What more do we want?

(See also Karyanet ditutup sementara! (Karyanet closed temporarily) where I initially found Rujukan Kamus Terbitan DBP which seemed to be an incomplete half-baked version of Carian Kata DBP.)

Happy 50th Anniversary, Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka

(Please see Kamus Dewan moved for latest updates.)

While I have to admit I have not used products and services of DBP for a very long time already, I still have fond memories of typing word entries from Kamus Dewan into a text file and wrote some Unix scripts to feed LaTeX so that I could typeset a Malay crossword puzzle “dictionary”. This was more than 15 years ago when I was an undergraduate in the US. It was basically a listing of words categorized by their lengths, ordered in forward and reverse directions. It possibly had some other features I could not remember already. I made it because my parents were very much into doing the crossword puzzles in Berita Harian. There was some serious prize money involved. Had they won something, I would have been eternally indebted to DBP for sure. And my parents would have felt the same way too.
Recently, I found out that DBP has ventured into the cyberspace. We could now find out the meaning of a Malay word online through Karyanet. Karyanet’s charter is mainly to provide a mechanism for writers to publish Malay writings. The online Kamus Dewan is a bonus. More recently, I found another bonus: the Pantun (rhyme) repository. You could search a pantun to surprise the love of your life, for example. You may also want to sharpen up your peribahasa (idioms).

On its 50th anniversary (it was established on June 22, 1956), I think it should grab the Internet bull by the horn with a vengeance. Blogging is obviously the in-thing now. DBP should host blogs from the language experts and novices alike. Their dictionaries should be more like what is offered by, say, the Merriam-Webster online. They should provide e-mail services like word-of-the-day or even pantun-of-the-day. Alternatively, maybe the ability to add a word- or a pantun-of-the-day as a content in a Personalized Google page would be cool thing to have.

DBP has offered a lot and still has a lot to offer. There is no question that DBP is still relevant as the purveyor of the Malay language. Now could somebody tell me why it is called “Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka” and not “Dewan dan Pustaka Bahasa”?

Web Version of Kamus Dewan is on the Net!

(Please see Kamus Dewan moved for latest updates.)

Oh, why did it take this long for me to find this gem? I have been looking for a reliable online Malay dictionary for so long and it did not occur to me to type ‘kamus dewan’ in a Google search. That would have directly led me to the Karyanet site which hosts the online Kamus Dewan. Actually, I was trying to see if the word ‘koda’ in my ‘Koda.Karma‘ blog site name is a sanctioned Malay word. Apparently not, according to Kamus Dewan. In retrospect, ‘Kod.Karma’ would have sounded just as good. Oh, well.

Incidentally, Karyanet hosts more than just Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) online dictionaries. It is a place for budding writers to publish their original work. Maybe, I should sharpen my Malay writing skills and become a karyawan at Karyanet. I could get paid for doing that.

Karyanet and DBP should be lauded for making the Malay language more accessible. The online Kamus Dewan alone will get me coming back every so often. But the website is rather busy and the navigation is rather bad. It is easier to find the online Kamus Dewan from Google search than the Karyanet menu system! And the popup thanking me for using Karyanet which appears every time I right click on a link (actually not just links, everything) is extremely annoying. You see, I wanted to open the link on a different tab on my Firefox but Karyanet tried to prevent me from doing this. I ended up disabling “Disable or replace context menu” in my Firefox advanced Javascript preference.