dict.cc

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dict.cc GmbH
Dict.cc Logo.svg
Type GmbH[1]
Founded 6 November 2002
Headquarters Austria
Founder(s) Paul Hemetsberger
Employees 2
Website dict.cc
Type of site Online dictionaries
Advertising Google AdSense, image banners & buttons
Registration optional, free
Available in several languages, see below
Launched 6 November 2002
Current status active

dict.cc is a free, multilingual online dictionary. The site's database can also be downloaded and used offline. It has mobile apps for Apple iOS, Android[2][3] and Palm OS.

History[edit]

Having had an idea for a project called 'Knowhowbase' in 2001,[4] Austrian web developer Paul Hemetsberger decided to move from creating an online encyclopedia into the online translation market, going online on 6 November 2002.[5] It moved on to its own dedicated server in 2003.[6]

The popular user contribution feature was added in January 2004, which allowed users to add translations of words that were not yet in the database.[7] These then had to be verified by 5 users.[8] Within five months, over 10,000 contributions had been made by users.[9]

In beginning of February 2005 Paul Hemetsberger ceased to offer the wordlists under the terms of the free GNU General Public License (GPL). Later that year he published them again, but since then under a proprietary license that does not grant the same liberties to users anymore. Nevertheless he kept all the contributions that were made by others to a then GPL-licensed project.[10][11]

Languages[edit]

dict.cc translates between several language pairs, each run on their own subdomain based on the ISO 639-1 system. For example, the Spanish-English translation system exists as enes.dict.cc. The one exception to this rule is the German-English dictionary, which runs on the default dict.cc domain.[12]

The languages dict.cc currently translates are English and German to:[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ dict.cc contact information
  2. ^ "dict.cc Wörterbuch für Android" (in German). Data-Bla.de. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Test: kostenlose Wörterbuch App von Dict.cc für Android" (in German). allessparen.de/magazin. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  4. ^ dict.cc about page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  5. ^ dict.cc history page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  6. ^ dict.cc history page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  7. ^ dict.cc history page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  8. ^ dict.cc history page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  9. ^ dict.cc history page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  10. ^ download offer of the wordlists with 211,048 translations under the terms of the GPL on 7th of December 2004
  11. ^ new download offer of the wordlists with 212,693 translations under the terms of a proprietary, non-free license
  12. ^ dict.cc homepage. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  13. ^ browse.dict.cc Retrieved 19 December 2012.