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Overview of the Dictionaries project


The objective of this project is to develop a top quality English dictionary for use with Open Source applications like and Mozilla.

Now a British (Commonwealth and European) English dictionary is available for and Mozilla.

Flavours of English

English is the most widely spoken language in the world today. There are two main forms of English spoken, from which most local dialects derive: British and American. British English is spoken in the UK, Ireland, Europe and 54 countries of the commonwealth.

British and American English are mutually understandable, at least 95% of the time, but there are more differences between them than one might at first think. These differences are of three main types:

There is a growing trend towards the localisation of software. Rather than simply assuming that the world speaks American English pause to think about the fact that more than 70 countries use British English or a derivation of it. Many international organisation use the British OED style of English. The Open Source community has realised this so good English localisations for software like KDE and Gnome already exist. Even commercial developers like Opera have realised this. Sadly very few of the big American companies Acknowledge the existence of English - Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Adobe and others ignore all requests for British English localisation despite the fact that it is more widely spoken than US English.


On these pages you can find:

This dictionary is released under the LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public Licence).

Copyright © 2006 David Bartlett, Pyxidium Limited.