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English Dictionary Word List

Hi,
  In HP-UX, there is a 'spell' utility and it comes with an American and British dictionary. Howerver, these dictionaries are hashed and are not in the human-readable form. Is it possible to get the unhashed version? Or is there a documentation to the format of the hashed dictionary so that I can make use of it in my own program to judge whether a given word is a vaid english word. I can't use 'spell' directly because the program I am going write is for Ms Windows.

Or alternatively, it will also be helpful if you can tell me where I can find such a word list in plain file format.

Thanks.

sunj
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ozoCommented:
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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
What about creating a filter that would un-hash the database in a plain text file? Quite simple... You could do that in "vi" with a single line command, I think.
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sunjAuthor Commented:
EatErnAndSmile: Can you explain how to un-hash the database?
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graham_kCommented:
well, there's already a bunch of freeware spell checkers for Windows/DOS. Can you use one of those (just call it as an external program, or maybe firnd one with source code).

My first rule is to never reinvent teh wheel, when I can do things the lazy way. Who knows, maybe you can even place text on the clipboard & then call a MS Word API function to spell check.

Btw, be aware that you almost certainly won't get a list of all possible variants, just stems. e.g don't expect "amazing" and "amazingly" or "hack" and "hacks".

Why not hunt around Linux sites ?  Btw, is your spell check command "ispell"? The ispell private dictionary is certainly one word per line plain text, don't know about the main one though.
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graham_kCommented:
hmm, maybe it would be easier just to port ispell. In fact, there may even exist a port (dos based, of course) which you can incorporate into a windows prog. There is a great page of ispell dictionaries for d/l at http://ficus-www.cs.ucla.edu/project-members/geoff/ispell-dictionaries.html

They are plain text, but with some special characters to indicate that a prefix or suffix is allowed  in- un- re-  -able  , etc.

If you can explain more what you wanyt to do, we can offer advice. I feel that you probably don't want to start from scratch.
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sunjAuthor Commented:
I actually need the dictionary for a word guess game (something like bogus). I understand that there are lots of external tools available (i can even make use of winword's spell check using automation), but I have concerns on speed and self-containment (it's gonna be an COM component). After all, if I have the dictionary, writing a spell checker is trivil - just read in the words, build the hashtable and that's it.

Thanks for the link. I got from there what I need.
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