[Lexicog] Issues regarding a free dictionary

arun t deostroll at YAHOO.COM
Tue Dec 6 19:37:09 UTC 2005

Okay, I am only learning visual basic; but that is the
platform I am thinking of developing it for now. If i
knew how to do it in other free products' I would. But
making the software is not the issue.

Here is how I imagine things:

Once my software goes public, people have the freedom
to make dictionaries and distribute it. Once you allow
that how do you stop people from making "corrupt"
dictionaries? People have their own way of defining
definitions for words. Sometimes their definitions can
convey another (totally different) sense. How can you
stop this? How do you stop multiplicating 'senses'.

Currently, one solution I thought of was, there should
be one world wide agency that maintains its own
database. In case people receive corrrupted
dictionaries from other people, or they corrupt their
own dictionary, they can always get reliable
dictionaries from that place.

Moreover, talking about the software; I plan to
publish how things are coded into the database. So if
you want you can use that database for another
program, say for e.g. a spell checker for your own
word precessor. Also the code and ideas behind thi
software will be accessible to all.

Just wait for my second blog (part 2) where i'll make
things more clear.

This is a small idea compared to the wiki project,

--- Sabine Cretella <sabine_cretella at yahoo.it> wrote:

> 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
> ****
> 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 -
> >
> >
> >
> > 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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