The alt.usage.english FAQ
You *cannot* access the OED online, unless you or your
institution has paid to do so. The second edition is copyright, and
allowing public access to it would be *illegal*. A public-access
version of the first edition is conceivable, but I don't know of
The OED is available on CD-ROM for PCs. Check AddAll
for current prices.
If you want to submit citations for the next edition of the OED, you can contact
the OED staff directly at "email@example.com".
The online OED is encoded with the Standard Generalized Markup
Language (SGML), which is ISO 8879:1986 and is discussed in obscure
detail on the comp.text.sgml newsgroup. The funny-looking escape
codes beginning with "&" are known as "text entity references". The
ISO has defined a slew of such for use with SGML: publishing
symbols, math and scientific symbols, and so on. A good place to
start learning about SGML is "A Gentle Introduction to SGML" at
also the book _Industrial-Strength SGML: An Introduction to
Enterprise Publishing_ by Truly Donovan (Prentice Hall, 1996, ISBN
Merriam-Webster's MWCD10 is publicly accessible at
Project Gutenberg has put out two versions of an unabridged
dictionary published early in this century by the company that is
now Merriam-Webster. One version is in HTML format and comes to 45
Mb when unZIPed. The other is plain text and comes in several ZIP
files with names such as pgwXX04.ZIP, where the XX are the initial
letters of words included. All are available through
Any "Webster" dictionary that you find anywhere else on the Net
is probably an out-of-date bootleg. Keep in mind that any
dictionary containing such words as "beat.nik" and "tran.sis.tor" is
too recent to be in the public domain.
The Macquarie dictionary is accessible online at
Roget's Thesaurus can be found at Bartleby.com
An interesting "Word of the Day" service is the one run by
Merriam-Webster at http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/mwwod.pl; it can
also be subscribed to by e-mail. Other Word-of-the-Day services
are at http://www.wordsmith.org (run by Anu Garg, who also
offers dictionary, thesaurus, acronym, and anagram services by
e-mail), and http://www.parlez.com/word-of-the-day, [...]
The results from Ask Jeeves
also give an impressive list of "word of the day" resources.
Source: [Mark Israel, 'Recommended Books: Online dictionaries', The alt.usage.english FAQ file,(line 526), (29 Sept 1997)]
Note: The University of Macau
actively maintains a "Dictionaries and Vocabularies" page. There are also dictionary links at
the yaelf site.
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