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October 29, 2003

New Wide Encyclopedia

ASCII Solutions and Gakken are to release a new software suite that allows teachers access to the entire elementary school and junior high school curriculum on a Local Area Network (LAN). The New Wide Encyclopedia is a LAN-enabled version of a CD-ROM released in June. The Japanese text is annotated with 'furigana' readings of all kanji, making the software accessible to even the youngest of school children. The software also includes many multimedia features, including sound files recorded by native English speakers in its "Big Apple" English-Japanese dictionary. The dictionary includes the roughly 2,000-word vocabulary of the JHS curriculum and also covers idioms and grammar. The software goes on sale Nov.5 for Windows only and retails for ¥120,000 for up to 11 users, ¥480,000 for an unlimited license.
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