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Re: German Dictionary (fwd)

On 28 Apr 1999, Bob Hilliard wrote:

>      I mentioned this to you last August, but you were very busy at the
> time, and I have forgotten to follow up.  The current thread about
> steak reminded me.
Thanks for reminding me.
>      Marcel Hild <hild@id-pro.net> has hacked one of the dict
> formatting programs to work with a german<>english dictionary with
> approx 100,000 keywords from ftp://ftp.leo.org/pub/comp/doc/dict.
> All of the dict programs are GPL, so the patches must be as well.
>      I asked him about the copyright status of his work.  He replied:
> > sure, it's gpl'ed. at least i think so. the wordlists are from
> >  ftp://ftp.leo.org/pub/comp/doc/dict
> > and there's nothing about copyrights nor licenses.
> > but i will contact the maintainers of www.leo.org/dict
> > about the status, though they are a little bit obscure.
>      I would appreciate it if you, or another German speaker on this
> list, would look into that ftp site to try to discover the copyright
> status of the dictionary.
I had a look at the FTP site and the Web Site but can't find any
license statement.  There is a copyright notice at bottom of
for the "LEO Dictionary Team".  Had Marcel Hild any success or should
I try to write in German language to the authors?

>      If it is DFSG free, I could package it with Marcel Hild's
> formatter as part of the dict suite.  Marcel's work is available from
> ftp://ftp.id-pro.de/pub/Unix/Database/Dict.
The directory ftp://ftp.id-pro.de/pub/Unix doesn't exist.  I can only
find ftp://ftp.id-pro.de/pub/Database/Dict, which seems to be what you
mentioned.  It is a good work because the original database from LEO
needs correction (at the very first view I detected a word doubling).
>      Instead of writing a perl script to look up words in steak, I
> suggest you look into the DICT protocol, and consider modifying some
> of the Dict Project's programs to work with steak.  I am sure dict is
> much faster than any grep/sed or perl scripts can be.
I would like to see it packaged and will try to contact the authors
(if Marcel didn't stop me until next week).  But steak has
some advantages (for instance translating the contents of the
cut-n-paste buffer of X).  Are there any plans to implement such
stuff into dict.

May be you could check the program Xstreak if it couldn't work as
DICT userinterface.  Xstreak is mainly a wrapper around the
streak shell script and should be possibly useful for other

Kind regards


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