In response to my entry this morning I got a couple comments from my friend Grady that I think are worth more than a simple comment back.
Why not just something that will enable me to just click on the work and have the definition just pop up?
There are a couple reasons, though they may not apply to everyone
1) I like the idea of uninterrupted reading. I load a page, sit back and read. If I have to move the mouse to each word, click, and wait for the definition to come up, that’ll mess up my flow, da mojo.
2) Having the definition already there keeps me from being lazy. It’s not a lot of effort to click on a word, but what if I’m feeling self-conscious about the large numbers of words I don’t know, I may be tempted to gloss over them. How embarrassing, I should know these.
3) Seeing them twice will help retention. I want to review a list of words before starting and then have them reinforced during the course of the article
4) I have a couple additional enhancements in mind that require the program to know what I know.
The first of these is making flashcards. The extension can keep track of which words I come across frequently and make a list for offline review. This could be made easy by using business card blanks. I format them for the type of cards I have, run then through the printer, flip em over and print the other side.