Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Re: Open source English dictionary?
Author: Chuck Shotton Posted: 1/31/1999; 5:16:53 AM Topic: Open source English dictionary? Msg #: 2604 (In response to 2595) Prev/Next: 2603 / 2605
Why not take a page out of the distributed encryption cracking crowd's book? Build a site that lets a user ask for a word. Your site can cough up a word out of one of the public domain lists for which there isn't a definition yet. The user can then type in the definition (preferably paraphrasing some authoritative source) and after 500,000 hits, Voila! a true GPL dictionary. Not some cheesy word list, but a real dictionary with definitions, pronounciations, etc.
Hey, if 50,000 of the Scripting News readers volunteered to take a word a day, we'd be finished before Valentine's Day!
There are responses to this message:
- Re: Open source English dictionary?, Dave Winer, 1/31/1999; 6:27:25 AM
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