LookUp URL Shortcut

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I made a simple Siri Shortcut for reformatting @lookup_ios share URLs to markdown. https://t.co/LqUXwmMfyR pic.twitter.com/if8jdoCk1C

— 𝗗 𝗔 𝗩 𝗢 𝗗 (@NeoYokel) October 2, 2022

I made a simple Siri Shortcut for reformatting @lookup_ios share URLs to markdown. https://routinehub.co/shortcut/13065

@lookup_ios it'd be so amazing if this worked. or is there another way of batch importing a list of terms to a collection? pic.twitter.com/QBASeQzyXO

— 𝗗 𝗔 𝗩 𝗢 𝗗 (@NeoYokel) January 1, 2022

just in case you want further thoughts from me (lol...)

I have been intermittently noodling on the whole concept of automated dictionary interaction for the past year - my very first API call was to Merriam-Webster just 18 months ago and well... I'm sure you have some idea of just how hard it is to figure out a format/schema for automation when interacting with such ... varying API responses. I think LookUp's magic/greatest potential lies in the fact that you've figured out a way to present a wide variety of results from a fairly diverse set of sources in a truly usable manner. I think the opportunity to be a bridge/filter/parser between often impractical/untenable/overwhelming academic data and like... normal, reasonable, working, but still curious users is very exciting! honestly the elegance you've managed to achieve in that vein is extraordinary.


maybe - in the form of Siri Shortcuts actions, specifically - you could experiment with being just a bit less discriminating in terms of the data from your sources you're willing to provide to the user since one could argue that the use of automation sort of by its nature is explicit consent to/desire for more verbosity. I know it certainly is in my case.

also, I can't believe it took me this long to recall that I actually took the time to describe my vocabulary workflow not so long ago, if you're curious. https://bilge.world/drafts-terminology-vocabulary

oh and! here's my published vocabulary index. https://davidblue.wtf/vocabulary


honestly, that's a big offer!

generally, being able to add custom terms with metadata/details and being able to retrieve more details would certainly benefit my workflow significantly. one of my very first hiccups with LookUp (and still sorta the reason I store my primary vocabulary list in Terminology (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/terminology-dictionary/id687798859) instead) is the fact that the Add Word to Collection action will fail (and interrupt a repeat loop) if passed a term that does not show up in search results.

that was the issue with this Tweet, btw: https://twitter.com/neoyokel/status/1477323450549219328


Wow! This is Really useful! Please let me know if you'd like me to add specific Actions that'll help you improve this shortcut. Will Add them to Shortcuts.

Quickly copy markdown-formatted LookUp share hyperlinks from the share sheet.

LookUp URL Shortcut
LookUp URL Shortcut

This shortcut anticipates the upcoming addition of individual term share URLs to LookUp for iOS/iPadOS/macOS (and therefore requires one currently be running a Testflight build.)

By default, it should be present in the share sheet, from which it receives URLs, extracts the term from the URL format, formats the results as a markdown hyperlink, which it then copies to the system clipboard.

Example Input


Example Output

- [**hyperlink** - LookUp](https://learnwithlookup.com/share/index.html?word=hyperlink&definition=link%2520from%2520hypertext%2520document%2520to%2520another%2520location,%2520activated%2520by%2520clicking%2520on%2520highlighted%2520word%2520or%2520image&data=eyJpbWFnZSI6IiIsIndvcmQiOiJoeXBlcmxpbmsiLCJkZWZpbml0aW9uIjoibGluayBmcm9tIGh5cGVydGV4dCBkb2N1bWVudCB0byBhbm90aGVyIGxvY2F0aW9uLCBhY3RpdmF0ZWQgYnkgY2xpY2tpbmcgb24gaGlnaGxpZ2h0ZWQgd29yZCBvciBpbWFnZSJ9)