This document outlines the care and feeding of the URCS WordNet Browser, an open-source, cross-platform tool for searching and browsing the WordNet database.
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.
Note that you must download version 3.0, even on Windows. For some reason, a Windows installer is not available for WordNet 3.0. Instead you can use 7-zip (free software), Power Archiver 6.1 (free software), or WinZip (commercial) to unpack the 3.0 archives.
The default installation locations for WordNet are as follows:
. The URCS WordNet Browser can find WordNet in the default location, or you can specify an alternate location using the Preferences (Options on Windows).
Use the latest version of the J2SE platform (version 6 as this writing). Either the JDK or JRE will work for running the URCS WordNet Browser.
On Linux, your package manager may be able to install Java for
you. For example, as of this writing, on Ubuntu 9.10 you can install
sun-java6-jre package using the Synaptic Package
On Mac OSX, java comes with your system software. OSX versions 10.6
Snow leopard) and 10.5 (
Leopard) include Java 6. For
more information: Apple
Java FAQ (somewhat dated as of this writing).
Unknown Publisherwarning. It will install the application in
c:\Program Filesalong with Start Menu and Desktop shortcuts. You can also download just the standalone executable and put it wherever you like.
java -jar .../URCSWordNetBrowser-X.Y.jar
depends on where you put it and the
is the version number of the file you downloaded.
You can make a desktop launcher for this if you want. The details vary from distribution to distribution. If you'd like an icon for your launcher, try this: URCSWordNetBrowser.png.
WNSEARCHDIR), these will be checked. Otherwise the default locations are checked.
If the application does not find the WordNet databases, it will prompt you to locate them. The application will remember the location on subsequent invocations.
No additional configuration is necessary. Most View settings will be remembered by the browser and used as defaults in subsequent invocations.
The first search will load the WordNet indices (for the necessary parts of speech). This may take some time. Progress is indicated next to the search box. Cancelling a search takes effect as soon as possible (which may also take time).
Results are displayed organized by part of speech. Options on the View menu allow the display of additional information: definitions, examples, sense numbers, sense keys, and both semantic and lexical pointers (links to related synsets).
Results can be exported in three formats by selecting
from the File menu: