The Enchanted Dictionary User Guide

The following is an online version of the help documentation provided with the The Enchanted Dictionary apps.

Getting Started

Setup Screen

The opening screen displays the categories and sub-categories of definitions on the left side of the page.

When a sub-category is tapped, the corresponding definitions are displayed on the right side of the page.

Definitions that have a check mark next to them will be used for game play when the "Play" button is tapped.

You can use the "Select All" and "Select None" buttons at the top as well as tapping individual definitions to place checkmarks next to your selections.

Playing the Game

Game Screen Shot

Once the "Play" button is tapped, the game window appears, showing The Enchanted Dictionary.

The term to be defined is on the right page. The words that make up the body of the definition appear in random order on the left page, and they appear to be floating just above the page.

You can drag or flick the floating words to their spot in the definition in the correct word order. If you correctly drag or flick the next word to the proper spot, it will cease to float and can no longer be dragged.

You can also move the floating words around on the left page as you ponder the solution.

Once you complete a definition correctly, you will go on to the next definition, or you will be notified that you have completed all of the selected definitions for that sub-category.

You may also quit at any time by tapping the gear icon in the lower right-hand corner of the screen to change the selection of words.

Editing and Adding Definitions

Edit Screen

The Enchanted Dictionary comes with hundreds of categorized definitions from a typical school curriculum. However, you can edit the definitions provided and also add your own definitions and categories.

To add or edit definitions, tap the "Edit" button on the opening screen. This adds tool bars at the bottom of the screen that allow the addition of categories, sub-categories, or definitions. It also displays red circular deletion controls that can be used to delete items.

To add a new category or sub-category, use the "+" button at the bottom of the left-hand side of the screen when in editing mode.

To add a new definition to an existing sub-category, tap the sub-category, then tap the "+" button at the bottom of the definitions window.

To delete either a definition or sub-category, tap the red deletion tool to the left of the item to reveal a "Delete" button. Confirm that you wish to delete that item by tapping the "Delete" button.

Categories are automatically deleted when all of its sub-categories have been deleted. Also, sub-categories can only be deleted when all of the corresponding definitions for that sub-category have been deleted.

Advanced Definition Editing

Most definitions can be entered by simply typing them in as a sentence. However, some definitions contain lists that should be able to be solved during game play in multiple word orders.

These lists are specified by the use of the square brackets, "[" and "]". The following examples illustrate how the brackets are used to indicate that alternate ordering is acceptable:

An ocean trench is a [long, narrow, deep] depression in the ocean bed.

Transform means to change in [composition or structure].

Diffusion is the spread of [people, ideas, and products]
 among places.

A gas [has neither [a definite shape nor a fixed volume],
 and tends to expand indefinitely].
 

Between brackets, commas and conjunctions separate sequences of words that have an arbitrary order. The conjunctions recognized are "and", "or", "nor", and "and/or". There can be at most one conjunction in a list or sub-list.

Notice that the last example contained a nested sub-list. A sub-list cannot contain punctuation, and cannot contain any other sub-lists. Within lists, do not use semicolons.

The above definitions allow any of the following solutions to be accepted:

An ocean trench is a long, narrow, deep depression in the ocean bed.
An ocean trench is a long, deep, narrow depression in the ocean bed.
An ocean trench is a narrow, long, deep depression in the ocean bed.
An ocean trench is a narrow, deep, long depression in the ocean bed.
An ocean trench is a deep, narrow, long depression in the ocean bed.
An ocean trench is a deep, long, narrow depression in the ocean bed.

Transform means to change in composition or structure.
Transform means to change in structure or composition.

Diffusion is the spread of people, ideas, and products among places.
Diffusion is the spread of people, products, and ideas among places.
Diffusion is the spread of ideas, people, and products among places.
Diffusion is the spread of ideas, products, and people among places.
Diffusion is the spread of products, ideas, and people among places.
Diffusion is the spread of products, people, and ideas among places.

A gas has neither a definite shape nor a fixed volume, and tends to
 expand indefinitely.
A gas has neither a fixed volume nor a definite shape, and tends to
 expand indefinitely.
A gas tends to expand indefinitely, and has neither a definite shape
 nor a fixed volume.
A gas tends to expand indefinitely, and has neither a fixed volume
 nor a definite shape.
 

Thank You

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