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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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