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easier with Firefox
Authored by: sr105 on Feb 18, '05 10:57:46AM

Well, the original posted script was running using Safari so in either case, you'll be running a browser. I figured that most people usually keep their browser running in the background anyway. I have mine set to a blank start page for just this purpose: Cmd-Tab, Cmd-N, define word. I like the bookmarklet ideas, though. I may look into those further.

And in response to someone else's comment about just using the google field in the toolbar, I was actually trying to make others aware of firefox's bookmark substitution features. Also, there's no reason to even have a google field if you set a keyword of "g" or something short. Then, the location bar serves the same purpose and results in a cleaner interface.

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easier with Firefox
Authored by: sr105 on Feb 18, '05 11:00:56AM

upon further review, the original applescript has merit for using whatever browser you have set as default and can be hot keyed. eh, whatever you prefer I suppose.

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easier with Firefox
Authored by: BulbVivid on Feb 18, '05 01:24:59PM

I usually have my browser open and running, and yes, it's fairly easy to switch to the browser and use whatever way in the browser to look up a word.

However, if you look up a lot of words, any steps that can be removed only makes the process faster. I'm a book editor, and I keep my page layout open on one monitor, and my browser open on the other. Then I can just highlight a word, hit my mouse button to trigger the script (whether dictionary or Google search), and my browser displays the information. Two steps (highlight + mouse click) makes the process a lot easier. Not to mention that (using iKey) the script (the one I use anyway), is global. Any text that can be highlighted can be searched with a keystroke.

Also, the scripts allow you to specify your dictionary or search engine.

Your needs define what methods are best to use. For the occasional definition, the solutions offered by browsers are more than adequate. If you look up hundreds of words in a week, it's nice to have something that cuts out any extra steps that can be removed.


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