[Lexicog] Issues regarding a free dictionary

Sabine Cretella sabine_cretella at YAHOO.IT
Mon Dec 5 06:52:55 UTC 2005

Hi Arun,

may I ask you on which programming language you thought? Well I would 
like to explain things in a more detailed way, but I suppose it would 
become too much.

I am a member of the Ultimate Wiktionary development team - and the 
Ultimate Wiktionary software is going to be a free software part of 
Mediawiki (as Wikidata).  This will be a 
Dictionary/Thesaurus/translation dictionary with the possibility to add 
parts of speech, photos, sign language and many other features. Since 
contents are free we thought about giving download possibility and 
extract data in various ways.

On one hand accessability through OmegaT, a free (GPL) CAT-Tool (CAT= 
computer assisted translation - please don't mix with machine 
translation, this is completely different).

There should be the possibility to download the data in different 
formats - tables, tbx.

Now there are already some programmers working on it - a first version 
(only read version) should be available around Christmas and a complete, 
editable version around March (please bear in mind that what is being 
done here is a very complicated issue since it integrates the answers to 
many requirements).

The way it is edited will follow very much the way of the Wikipedia 
(attribution etc.) and there will be a validation feature.

Wouldn't it make sense to co-operate?

Thank you for your time!

Best wishes,


Sabine Cretella
s.cretella at wordsandmore.it
skype: sabinecretella

arun t wrote:

> Hi. I am planning to develop a dictionary software and label it as a 
> "free software product." In fact I am thinking of ways to make the 
> database portable to other programs. I have also thought about what 
> would happen once a dictionary becomes free; meaning once you have the 
> freedom to edit, add and delete word entries. You'll find these 
> details over at my blog -
> http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-FFcwQdY1fqnmzMXxPGKAHiI-?p=28
> I hope you visit my blog. You cannot post comments over at my blog 
> unless you have a Yahoo ID. But if you cannot comment there, you can 
> either email your comments to the list or to me personally. Do give me 
> your feedback.
> -arun t


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