Leopard: Dictionary’s Wikipedia Search

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Appleis Dictionary application is a handy resource, and a tool that I use on a regular basis. You can use it to check definitions and spelling on the fly, use it as a thesaurus, and in Leopard it can even search Wikipedia for you.

If you arenit familiar with Wikipedia, itis an online encyclopedia thatis updated and maintained by the community that uses it. Itis a great Web-based tool thatis loaded to the gills with information on almost any topic you can imagine.

Accessing Wikipedia from Dictionary is easy. Hereis what to do:

  • Launch Dictionary. Itis hiding in your Applications directory.
  • Select Wikipedia from the source bar.
  • Enter a subject in the search field, and then press Return.


Dictionary can search Wikipedia.

Dictionary will dutifully track down and display the Wikipedia entry for your topic of choice, complete with active cross reference links and graphics. Cross references display in Dictionary when clicked, but clicking a graphic opens the full-size version in your default Web browser.

Dictionary isnit a replacement for a full-on Web browser, but it makes for a great research tool without the overhead -- and extra features -- that go along with a regular browser like Safari or OmniWeb.

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