Posted: Wed Oct 27, 2004 9:50 am Post subject: Editing dictionary.lst, adding an .idx file for UK Thesaurus
I'm a new Mac user, I've just got an iMac and installed OOo 1.1.2 and then NeoOffice/J (which I prefer so far)
I've searched this forum and read the other threads about dictionaries but couldn't find an answer...
Having no idea about Mac OS X disk structure for programs, I eventually found the dictionary.lst file username > Library > NeoOfficeJ-1.1 > user > wordbook
This includes this line: THES en GB th_en_US which presumably refers to the th_en_US.idx file which is in the folder but appears to be a "shortcut" (don't know if that's what they're called on Macs - alias?).
I have another idx file th_en_GB.idx(a UK/GB thesaurus downloaded from www.8daysaweek.co.uk) that I'd like to try, but I don't know whether to just add it to this folder, or whether the "shortcut" points to another location which I can't find.
I can edit the dictionary.lst file to refer to the new .idx file (THES en GB th_en_GB), but I just don't know where I should put it
Any help would be much appreciated. _________________ PJW
Note that in order to get to these locations (and the "not found" locations the aliases* you found referred to), you will have to ctrl-click (right-click works if you have a two-button mouse) on the NeoOfficeJ application (in your Applications folder) and choose "Show package contents" from the resulting contextual menu. (Modern Mac apps are a "bundle" or "package," a special folder structure with a (hidden) .app extension that the OS sees as a single application file.)
Hope this helps (if not, someone more versant than me with the dictionaries will hopefully happen by)! And welcome!
* Yes, we call "shortcuts" aliases on the Mac. There are actually two types, traditional Mac aliases (made by the Finder's "Make Alias" command and the cmd-opt-drag shortcut and which always point to the same file/folder, no matter where you move that original) and UNIX-style symbolic links ("symlinks," made using a terminal command, and which always point to the same location, whether the contents of that location have changed or not). With NeoOfficeJ (and OOo, being a UNIX app), these are all symlinks, which is why you can't move/rename the app after running it the first time, because the symlinks, and thus the app, will break.
Note that in order to get to these locations (and the "not found" locations the aliases* you found referred to), you will have to ctrl-click on the NeoOfficeJ application (in your Applications folder) and choose "Show package contents" from the resulting contextual menu.
Thanks Smokey, that really helps. I can play with things now
I must have Ctrl-Clicked or Apple-Clicked on everything but the NeoOfficeJ application
I'm sure I'll have more questions before I'm through _________________ PJW
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