Universal dictionary system
The Universal Dictionary system provides a consistent interface to a large number of existing free dictionaries from a variety of languages. You can search for a word in multiple dictionaries and languages at once and compare the results; some definitions include pictures and further descriptions and resources on the word they define.
- http://www.dicts.info/ - main interface, minimalist
- http://www.dicts.info/index2.php - sitemap, listing all the languages available
- Dictionaries in 78 languages
- Formats materials are currently in
- UTF-8 plain text
- XDXF (XML)
- TBX (XML)
- Scripting (any scripting needed to convert it from curent packaging)
- http://www.dicts.info/uddl.php - contains information on how to download the dictionary files and use them with existing free dictionary applications on your own computer
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Scope (subjects, ages, other)
- Subject - language studies, writing
- Ages - 8 and up
Completeness (comprehensiveness for given topic and audience)
- Excellent; comprehensive list of high-quality free dictionaries
Multilingualism (specifically es, pt, en, ar)
Quality (incl. suitability for audience)
- Contains a lot of useful content, but not in the most user-friendly navigable form (as a webpage). We need to figure out how to package this better.
Freeness (license and format)
- http://ww.dicts.info/doc/licence.php - description of their license policy. Basically, they use only free dictionaries (but don't describe what "free" means) and all contributions to a specific dictionary file will be considered part of that dictionary project and be released under the same license as the original dictionary file.
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