[Bug 12973] New: Gnome Dictionary should work offline

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           Summary: Gnome Dictionary should work offline
           Product: Ubuntu
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: i386
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: gnome-utils
        AssignedTo: seb128 at ubuntu.com
        ReportedBy: thesicktwist at hotmail.com
         QAContact: desktop-bugs at lists.ubuntu.com

Gnome Dictionary should use a local database for definitions when internet
access is unavailable. Or better yet, it should not require internet access at
all. I recently installed Ubuntu for a friend who has no experience using Linux
and I watched her become quite perplexed when the dictionary did not perform as
she expected (returning results when offline). Things such as this have a great
impact on usablity.

The following are some dictionary/thesaurus projects that I found that may
suitable on which to base a snapshot for inclusion with Ubuntu:
-ARTFL Project
-Collaborative International Dictionary of English (CIDE)
-GNU Project's Collaborative International Dictionary of English (GCIDE) - GNU
General Public License
-Wiktionary - GNU Free Documentation License

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