[bksvol-discuss] One Big Dictionary Or a Bunch of Little Ones?

  • From: "Evan Reese" <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 04:41:10 -0700

A while back, I think it was Gerald who said that he uses several dictionaries 
in K1000 for rank spelling? for different types of books?  Sorry, Gerald, if it 
wasn't you.  I didn't have K1000 at the time, so wasn't paying attention to 
that subject.

My question is what are the pros and cons of having everything in one 
dictionary?  How big can it get before things start to slow down?  If you, or 
anyone else here, uses a bunch of little ones, don't you have to keep putting 
many of the same words in each one in addition to the specialized terms it 
doesn't know, such as words that aren't in the dictionary but are not 
specialized terms, including those that are in the default dictionary, or 
proper names?  Or do you just leave proper names out and ignore them when they 
come up?  If so, certain common ones may keep showing up.  I'm not very 
familiar with this part of the program yet.  Can I use more than one dictionary 
at once, so I don't have to keep adding certain things to each one?  If so, why 
not just use one big one?  If I can only use one dictionary at a time, don't I 
have to basically recreate the default dictionary to avoid all the words that 
would have been covered by the default dictionary?  We're back to one big one 

As you can see, I am leaning more toward throwing everything into one large 
dictionary if I can do it without bogging down my system.  What are the 
thoughts here?  I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, so the number of 
added words could get large pretty quickly.  The first book I scanned with 
K1000 had hundreds, and I am not kidding, or exaggerating!

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