English dictionary in XML

Date:     Tue, 19 Oct 1999 00:41:42 -0700
From:     Michael Dyck <jmdyck@netcom.ca>
To:       xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
Subject:  English dictionary in XML!

Two months ago, I wrote:

> MICRA, Inc. (http://humanities.uchicago.edu/homes/MICRA/) is working on a
> freely-available online knowledge base, which currently includes a
> marked-up version of Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (G&C Merriam
> Co., 1913, edited by Noah Porter), with over 100,000 headwords. It's still
> a work in progress: many of the pronunciations and Greek etymologies are
> missing, and it needs a lot of proof-reading, but it's a huge start. (It's
> the basis for a searchable dictionary at
> http://humanities.uchicago.edu/forms_unrest/webster.form.html, hosted by
> the University of Chicago's ARTFL Project.)
> Now [the source files] are not in XML format, but they're close. I'd be
> willing to do the conversion, but I don't have the space to host the
> result.  Does anyone want to volunteer some web space?

Many people volunteered web space (thanks to you all); I chose Metalab at the University of North Carolina. And now, I'm pleased to announce that I have completed the conversion of the source files to XML, and the results are available at http://metalab.unc.edu/webster/. The XML files total about 52 megabytes, but you can download it as about 13 megabytes of zip files. Please let me know if anything doesn't work, or if I've left out something crucial.

Michael Dyck

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