net-utils / webster-www.el

;;; webster-www.el --- Look up a word in WWW Merriam-Webster dictionaries

;; Copyright (c) 1997, 1998 Tomasz Cholewo <t.cholewo@ieee.org>

;; Authors: Tomasz Cholewo <t.cholewo@ieee.org>
;;          Soren Dayton <csdayton@cs.uchicago.edu>
;; Modified: 1998/04/05
;; Version: 1.2
;; Keywords: comm, hypermedia

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(defcustom webster-www-url-format "http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/mweb?book=%s&va=%s"
  "URL format to reference for Webster's dictionaries.
It is used in a call to `format' with a book name
(\"Dictionary\" or \"Thesaurus\") as its first argument
and a word to look up as its second argument."
  :type 'string)

(defun webster-www-dictionary (arg)
  "Look up a word in Webster Dictionary at http://www.m-w.com."
  (interactive (list (webster-www-prompt "Dictionary")))
  (webster-www-fetch "Dictionary" arg))

(fset 'webster-www (symbol-function 'webster-www-dictionary))

(defun webster-www-thesaurus (arg)
  "Look up a word in Webster Thesaurus at http://www.m-w.com."
  (interactive (list (webster-www-prompt "Thesaurus")))
  (webster-www-fetch "Thesaurus" arg))

(defun webster-www-prompt (book)
  (let* ((prompt (concat
	          (concat "Look up word in Webster " book " (")
 			  (current-word) "): "))
         (arg (read-string prompt)))
    (if (equal "" arg) (current-word) arg)))

(defun webster-www-fetch (book word)
  (require 'url)
  (require 'w3-forms)
  (require 'browse-url)
  (browse-url
   (format webster-www-url-format
 	   book
 	   (w3-form-encode-xwfu word))))

(provide 'webster-www)

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