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Old 09-14-2004, 05:32 AM   #1
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Alex, how did you do this? I recently found a similar tool (though the link is now dead). I thought that the OED was subscription based. (Not that I'm complaining, mind you!!)
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My html form uses the script from U of Waterloo which is accessible without subscription.
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Sweet! I think that I can reprogram Firefox to sub this search for the standard "dict xxxx" address bar search. OED rules!
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Sweet! I think that I can reprogram Firefox to sub this search for the standard "dict xxxx" address bar search. OED rules!
Hi! Im interested on this. I tried to pass parameters into Alex's script, but it doesnt work as I was expecting. Also, when I go and use the URL of this search:

http://db.uwaterloo.ca/OED/search/oed-local/lookup.cgi

it reports a "403 error - Forbidden"

But when I use Alex's script, it works very well. (very, very well - Thanks Alex!)... what does Alex script to work without that 403 error??

Maybe it's too early for my neurons to work..
Let me know how you can do this on FireFox...

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Old 09-14-2004, 10:34 AM   #6
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Samuel, if you look at the html source code (especially the form part) of https://www.mobileread.com/avantgo/lookup.html, you see what parameters the script exactly needs.
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Help me a little here, because every parameter I pass to your script is cleared (converted to blank, none).

Should it works as:

?word=pants&scope=HL&quantity=10

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Almost yes. You are forgetting the (hidden) start parameter:

start=1&word=righteous&scope=HL&format=Full+entry& quantity=10
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Nop. Maybe I need more cofee...

If I use your script, I cannot pass any parameters. It just shows me the search form... and I need to type everything.
If I use the URL: http://db.uwaterloo.ca/OED/search/oed-local/lookup.cgi then it shows me a 403 error...
If I type the data into your search form, then everything works...

Any idea?
(Yes, Use my form and forget everything else )
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Old 09-14-2004, 11:19 AM   #10
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Hm I think I know what you are doing. Are you trying to pass the variables to http://db.uwaterloo.ca/OED/search/oed-local/lookup.cgi by attaching the parameters to it? That wouldn't work. The script expects the variables in a _POST array, not _GET (as it is the case when you add parameters to the url).
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Do you see how sharing this experiences let us LEARN?
That was my mistake.

Ok. Now comming back to IGNATZ idea...

Thanks!
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Hey what happened?? They shut it down? Or just shut us out?
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I'm not really surprised you got shut out! After all, it was really an illegal way to access the dictionary.

Incidentally, a Mobipocket version of the Concise OED is now available. I've bought it, and it takes Palm OS dictionaries onto a higher plane (that said, it's a pity it doesn't have resident or DA functionality like A-Lex).
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