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Scaling the fence

Aug 31, 2009, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to dave for this link. ]

"As a professional writer, she needed a robust thesaurus - and her experience with the one built into OpenOffice.org (circa 2006) didn’t meet her needs. Unsure of what version she used, and clueless on where OpenOffice.org’s thesaurus is today, I couldn’t offer much in the way of advocacy outside of the possibility that someone may have written a plug-in to improve the thesaurus.

"After we returned home, I decided to put the thesaurus to the test. The candidates? Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 (tested on PCs at work - during my lunchbreak of course!), Google’s top result for “thesaurus”, Thesuaurs.com, and of course my copy of OpenOffice.org 2.4.1 (as packaged with Kubuntu 8.10). For good measure, I also threw in results from Princeton’s WordNet project, on which OpenOffice.org’s thesaurus has reportedly been based since version 2. Sadly, I no longer own a paper thesaurus, so unless someone would like to add some datapoints in the comments, I can’t include synonym counts for the dead-tree option..."

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