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Subject: Re: [9fans] output of dict/adict?

From: "kim kubik" <chaotrope@[REDACTED]>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 15:19:49 -0700

Jim -

This is only tangentially related to your question, but
I have an article from the January 1987 'IBM J. Res. Develop.'
(vol. 31, n1, pp73-80) written by Mike Cowlishaw and
discussing the LEXX text editor. IBM has an R&D group at
Hursley, UK, and Cowlishaw is kind of their equivalent to
Rob Pike. Except of course IBM can never follow through
commercially on his creations.

Anyhow, Cowlishaw writes that 'the editor was originally
developed as a tool for lexicographers during the author's
secondment to the New Oxford English Dictionary project at
Oxford University Press and uses that project in the

The screen shot figures in my copy are illegible, but if
you're interested you might go to the Stanford CS library
and look up the original. A version of LEXX called LPEX
is included in some of IBMs OS/2 products, so of course
I've never seen it. But from reading the article (which
came out about the same time the original SAM article did)
it sounded like it had some interesting features, esp. for
 tagged (or any structured) data.

- kim
-----Original Message-----
From: James A. Robinson 
To: Plan 9 Mailing List <>
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 7:40 PM
Subject: [9fans] output of dict/adict?

>Would anyone using the OED with dict/adict be able to provide me with
>some sample views of the sessions you use often?
>My group at Stanford is developing the online web OED with Oxford,
>and I'm thinking it would be nice to have an unofficial command-line
>program that could do the same types of lookups that dict does. The
>actual lookups and stuff aren't hard to do, but what I would like is
>an idea of what the results look like.
>I guess follows should go directly to me, since I doubt anyone else
>is all that interested what a session looks like. =)
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