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taliesin the storyteller wrote:
> * Benct Philip Jonsson said on 2009-01-07 16:26:17 +0100
>> taliesin the storyteller wrote:
>>> As for the actual lookup, there are so called lookup "strategies":
>>> exact, prefix, substring, regular expression, soundex, levenshtein etc.
>>> How easy it easy to use a specific strategy to search varies with
>>> clients.
>> I looked at this a bit last time it was up and if
>> I understood correctly (which may well not be the case)
>> the 'dictionary' is essentially a key--value hash.
>> Is there any means to peep into the values when searching?
>> (Even though that'd be slow of course!)
> 
> kdict (for KDE) has a mode where it lists all possible candidates for a
> search and then lets you choose, so it's client-dependent. Will that do? 

sure, but is there a way to change servers in kdict without
going into the settings?

(Also is there a way to access the KDE help system when
running KDE apps under GNOME? ;-\)

>> As it happens I've got several tsv dictionary files which
>> could easily be converted to a key--value format, but would
>> it be reasonably easy to populate a DICT‑dictionary from
>> such a file, withouot any retyping of actual entries?
> 
> If they are regular, and not just pretend tsv,

So little faith! Actually what do you mean by pretend?

> it is easy enough to
> programmatically change them into something that is easily indexable by
> the dict-tools (to build the key-value pairs that the server uses).
> 
> dictfmt(1) is one way of making the index:
> http://linux.die.net/man/1/dictfmt
> It supports several formats

So it seems, and I certainly can produce something to serve 
it with the help of Perl.

> For TEI, there's http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php/TEI2DICT_howto
> 
> Dictdlib (no good online docs but there's some in the package) is a
> python library to read and write dictd-files.
> 
> 
> t., who has the flu and thus not so quick to answer :(

/BP, who vaccinated against the flu and then got a
resistant strain of streptococci... :-P