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I'm an avid Wordpress developer, and I'm constantly referring to the Wordpress Codex to look up various functions. I recently got a new 2013 MBP, and I just found the glorious "three finger tap to look up" function. Now, I've read that it's possible to change the dictionary that's used by adding or removing dictionaries from dictionary.app, but I'm interested in doing something different.

I'm interested in knowing if anybody has found a way to import the Wordpress codex into the dictionary app. Essentially, I want to be able to highlight a Wordpress function, three finger tap, and be presented with the Codex article (or at least an abridged version with usage and params). Any suggestions?

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This has nothing to do with three-finger tapping, so I'll post it as a comment instead of an answer: if you use the excellent Dash to browse the Codex offline, it integrates with several popular editors, such as Sublime Text, to provide features very similar to what you've described (e.g. look up the selected function). I highly recommend it! –  Dan J Aug 23 '13 at 0:22
I just checked it out, and it definitely seems useful, however it's not quite the functionality I'm looking for. I would be all over this app if only it integrated with the three finger tap functionality. It even says it offers a "look up highlighted text in Dash feature", but still doesn't integrate to the level I'd like. Still, thanks for the suggestion! –  Thought Space Designs Aug 23 '13 at 0:28

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Apple shows you how to create and add Custom Dictionaries to it's Dictionary Applications in the Dictionary Services Programming Guide

It includes examples and a guide on the dictionary XHTML markup.

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Thanks for the reference. I need to figure out a way to scrape content from the Wordpress codex "function reference" section, and then use this content to build a dictionary. Looking at this reference, it would seem I could script this solution, but I haven't a clue where to start. Do you have any good references on how I might be able to build a dictionary based off of arbitrary web content? –  Thought Space Designs Aug 23 '13 at 1:09
Can you add a link to the Wordpress reference you are talking about. This would help anyone who may want to look at a solution. –  markhunte Aug 23 '13 at 9:46
I added a link to the Codex to the question. I'm very interested in following this to see if someone comes up with something. :) –  Dan J Aug 23 '13 at 18:13
Thanks for adding the link. I missed this comment. I would love if somebody had a suggestion for doing this that doesn't involve screen scraping the codex. –  Thought Space Designs Aug 23 '13 at 21:21
You can use Special:Export to put it into XML. It'd be quite a job converting that into the Dictionary format, but it's doable. –  tubedogg Aug 24 '13 at 0:51

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