This page contains links and acknowledgements for external resources used by Word Microscope.
The main Word Microscope copyright is held by Louise and Neil Ramsden. The program also uses copyrighted components from the following:
- Real Spelling and Pascal Mira - Suffix Checker flowchart (used with permission);
- GTK authors - stock icons (under LGPL; see below).
- David Vignoni - Nuvola icons (under LGPL; see below).
Peter and Susan Bowers co-own our morpheme database.
We couldn't have produced Word Microscope without using a number of
high-quality tools from free or open source software. Although we've
chosen a commercial proprietory route for Word Microscope, we strongly
admire this movement. We're especially grateful to the makers of
wxWidgets, which we use for our graphical user interface.
The Tools menu provides links to external web-sites, which have their own ownership and their own responsibility for content.
Lexical and Morphological Data
Word Microscope references morphological patterns and explicit lists of English elements and words. They draw on the following sources:
- Real Spelling;
12dicts-4.0.zipword list by Alan Beale (also used by the Word Searcher);
- "Unlocking Literacy", by Marcia Henry;
- "Word Origins", by John Ayto;
- "Word Stems", by John Kennedy.
We work closely with WordWorks Literacy Centre in Kingston, Ontario.
A motivating premise for us is that language investigation is amenable to active reason rather than passive reference. We especially value the many e-mail discussions with fellow investigators, whose orthographic conclusions have been embodied in Word Microscope. (And we look forward to what new insights future discussions will bring!)
Images include icons from the Nuvola and GTK set. They're covered by the
LGPL licence. Although
this is something you would do at your own risk, you should be able to
modify them by replacing the corresponding image files in
XRCandImages.zip, which is found in the Word Microscope
They were originally download as
gnome-themes-extras-0.9.0.tar.gz (6 MB)
gtk+-2.10.zip (22 MB), which
included the full sets of Nuvola and GTK images. There may well be more
recent versions now.
Word Microscope doesn't use the GTK C-library.
Etymonline was created by Douglas Harper.
Etymonline is a gift to word explorers and is a perfect complement to the structural emphasis within Word Microscope. We don't use Etymonline directly in Word Microscope, but for convenience we do include a direct link to it.