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What is the Dictionary and Thesaurus API for JavaTM?
The Dictionary and Thesaurus API for Java is a standard-based class library
for accessing a dictionary and thesaurus using Java. It provides programming
access to wordbook data from the Java programming language. Various actors
involved in this library are driver providers, users, and applications with
tightly- or loosely-coupled dictionaries, word processors, and/or thesauri.
Using this library, applications written in the Java programming language can
have access to data such as definition, pronunciation, synonyms, acronyms, etc.,
for a particular word, independent of vendors.
The main objective of creating this class library is to provide Java
programmers a transparent, Java-centric way to access lexicon as well as
non-structured data and information about words. Another objective is to provide
an industry-standard technique to be used by dictionary providers in accessing
data from Java applications.
How does it work?
Dictionary and Thesaurus API for Java provides features such as the
- Interface for accessing dictionary, thesaurus, and other services
- Interface for multilingual conversion
- Driver-Based Access Protocol
- APIs for dictionary provider or driver developer
- Backend dictionary or thesaurus can be anything, such as a database, file
system, or XML-based file (provided that its driver is implemented).
Dictionary and Thesaurus API enables Java programmers to have a transparent,
Java-centric way to access lexicon as well as non-structured data and
information about words. The new class library provides an industry-standard
technique to be used by dictionary providers in accessing data from Java
applications. Here's a related article that shows how to use the Dictionary and
Thesaurus API for Java
in your Java applications.
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