For dictionary subscribers:
The current size of the pre-looked up word list is about 1,360 words, and is about 14k file size. It's my intention to increase it to somewhere around 5k words by next release, and have it all ready by Sunday. Just thought I'd post this here in Design Philosophy, because the strategy I've thought up is kind of interesting.
As you may know, the defined() proc in the dictionary library will go to the web to see if a word is valid if it is not found in the local word list. Simply feeding in a bunch of words makes the list grow. So what's the most accessible source of new words...? The web of course!
I'm going to teach the dictionary to crawl the web, parse pages into individual words, and look up each word it finds online. The newest lookup source I've found returns results very very quickly, so this should be relatively painless.
Oct 23 2002, 4:15 am