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Re: what is the easiest way to install a thesaurus feature in emacs?


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Subject: Re: what is the easiest way to install a thesaurus feature in emacs?
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 07:29:01 -0800 (PST)
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So I was mainly interested in a thesaurus feature, does dictem do
that?

On Jan 15, 3:15 pm, Richard Riley <address@hidden> wrote:
> Xah Lee <address@hidden> writes:
> >> How can I install a thesaurus in emacs?
>
> >>http://www.myrkr.in-berlin.de/dictionary/index.html
> >> by Torsten Hilbrich
> >> which is a interface to dict.org, which includes a similar words dict.
>
> > Richard Riley wrote:
> >> This seems to be a subset of the excellent dictem package
> >>http://sourceforge.net/projects/dictem
>
> > i tried it before and somewhat hated it.
>
> > It requires you to install a third party dict software. But it does
> > not mention this fact explicitly until you try to install it. I
>
> It seems to be the correct time :-;
>
>
>
> > vaguely recall it was originally a modification of Torsten's package,
> > but i think it's worse in one important respect because now it
> > UNCESSARILY relies on another software.
>
> > dict protocol is a simple text based protocol. Elisp can handle it
> > completely, perhaps even better than other langs. It is extremely
> > silly to throw away the core of Torsten's engine. Further, if i have
> > to install another dict program for accessing online dicts ... i
> > really have a million choices, the last would be something from the
> > linux world.
>
> > i can also simply have few lines of elisp so that i can have emacs as
> > interface to access any web based dict thru w3 engine.
>
> > somehow i find dictem distasteful, perhaps dishonest and technically
> > stupid. I could be wrong ...
>
> >   Xah
> > \xAD\xF4http://xahlee.org/
>
> Yes, the dictd client.
>
> It also features lots of nice pretty printing extensions to provide hot
> links in an emacs buffer.
>
> But the original post was targetting *synonyms*. Can either package do
> them?
>
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