An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary
by Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller


Kindly supported by:

Faculty of Arts
& Grant Agency
Charles University in Prague

Jan Hus Educational Foundation




Installation — Simply extract the contents of the .zip files anywhere on your disk, preferably in an empty folder. Any common extraction utility can be used, e.g. the free ZipGenius.

Optionally install the supplied font by copying the "Cardo98s.ttf" file from the "font" folder into the Windows fonts folder (usually C:\windows\fonts).

Start the dictionary by running the "BT_01.exe" file.

Please note: If the application starts but no text/images are displayed, check that the .txt file is in a "txt" subfolder and the image files in an "img" subfolder.

Use — The application is designed to be easy to use. Note that the current version can be freely resized. Here are the basic things, you can do with the application:

Scroll the wordlist using the scrollbars and display the particularly entry by clicking the headword in the wordlist. Note that the list is not ordered alphabetically, but rather as it was in the original dictionary, so don't forget to check out the supplemental entries by the end of the wordlist. The automatic alphabetical sorting has be temporarily disabled (it was buggy and needs to be reconsidered).

Browse as you type — the application automatically scrolls the wordlist as you type in the search box and displays the first word.

Visually the entry looks almost like the printed original, but it allows you to select portions of the text and copy/past them anywhere you like



Full-text search — any string you enter is looked up anywhere in the text of the dictionary by clicking the Full-text button or hinting "ENTER". If the "browse as you type" slows your typing, click the "Search" tab to have it turned off.

The text you enter may match any text in the dictionary, including parts of words. Thus if you enter "ing" you will get all the words including this string (e.g. "searching", "findings", or "ingenious"). If you are looking for whole words only, include spaces before and after the searched text. Individual character can be substituted with "?" so that searching for "p?ay" will match both "play" and "pray". HTML entities can be also used to search for special characters so that "dæl" will match "dæl".

The results are displayed under the "Search" tab as a kind of filtered wordlist. The matched strings are highlighted in the entries, though the current version does not highlight text found using the entities or wildcards.

Special characters — can be entered using the buttons and a drop-down menu in the upper right corner. Standard HTML entities (æ = æ) can be used in full-text search.



The printed original — can be easily referred to at any time. Clicking on an "Image" tab brings up the page corresponding to the currently viewed entry and the image can be zoomed by clicking.



Accessibility — has been on our mind; font, size and colours can be easily changed at any time, using the "Font" dialog under the "View" menu. Note that some characters may not be displayed correctly in some fonts. Our default font is Cardo .98.




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