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Amazing synonym/thesaurus AutoHotkey script: SynonymLookup.ahk (with screencast on YouTube)
Autor de la hebra: Michael Beijer
Nov 8, 2018

I recently found an AMAZING AutoHotkey script for quickly getting English synonyms for a selected word:

• info: info: https://jacksautohotkeyblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/build-your-own-dream-thesaurus-word-replacement-tool-autohotkey-web-application/
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I recently found an AMAZING AutoHotkey script for quickly getting English synonyms for a selected word:

• info: info: https://jacksautohotkeyblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/build-your-own-dream-thesaurus-word-replacement-tool-autohotkey-web-application/
• script: http://www.computoredge.com/AutoHotkey/Downloads/SynonymLookup.ahk

I have no idea how it does it so fast, but in only a second or two it

(1) takes your selected word and runs a search for it at www.thesaurus.com,
(2) scrapes the relevant synonyms/antonyms from the HTML page, and
(3) presents them in a very clear/compact little dialogue!

Watch my screencast of the script in action @ http://youtu.be/pDE9Y3Pt-uc?hd=1

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Michael

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[Edited at 2018-11-08 20:48 GMT]
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Thesaurus.com Nov 9, 2018

Thanks for the link!

Since AutoHotkey doesn't work on Mac, I've created a web resource for CafeTran Espresso 2019:

Screen Shot 2018-11-09 at 09.09.41

The result isn't as concise as with the AHK macro, but it's nevertheless useful:

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Yes, processing web sites is the next step Nov 9, 2018

Michael Beijer wrote:
(2) scrapes the relevant synonyms/antonyms from the HTML page, and


The biggest problem with these types of scripts (and I have written a few) is that they only work for as long as the web page's format stays the same. As soon as the company changes the web site's coding in any way, it may break the script's ability to extract the required text. You're very fortunate that Thesaurus.com still uses plain old HTML for their web pages.


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Michael Beijer
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Luckily, the guy that made this particular script is planning to keep it working, if possible: Nov 9, 2018

Samuel Murray wrote:

Michael Beijer wrote:
(2) scrapes the relevant synonyms/antonyms from the HTML page, and


The biggest problem with these types of scripts (and I have written a few) is that they only work for as long as the web page's format stays the same. As soon as the company changes the web site's coding in any way, it may break the script's ability to extract the required text. You're very fortunate that Thesaurus.com still uses plain old HTML for their web pages.


“If Theraurus.com ever notices, I suppose this script may not make the owners of the site very happy. Any revenue they derive comes from the advertising. My app ignores all of it. They could change the formatting of the page, but then I would adjust the Regular Expression I use to extract the data. They might make an attempt to block my efforts, but I guess any such blocking technique would also block regular users. They could block my IP, but that would be a lot of work for just one person. (I would simply switch to another site offering synonyms.) In any case, I plan to continue using this AutoHotkey script until it stops working—for whatever reason. Then, I’ll fix it.”
(https://jacksautohotkeyblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/build-your-own-dream-thesaurus-word-replacement-tool-autohotkey-web-application/ )


 
offline Nov 9, 2018

Actually, besides plain-text glossaries, MS Word and other suits come packed with dictionaries and thesauruses with synonyms, antonyms, and other stuff, so it makes sense to check the Office bundle, updating some CustomDic or alike

 


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