The increasing practice of comitting large amounts of text, such as dictionaries and thesauri, to computer-based utilities has produced a number of text-compression techniques for reducing the amount of storage space. There are several industry-standard-file-compression utilities in the public domain, any of which may be used to condense the space requirements of text files. My WORDS-WORTH files, now containing over 508,000 dictionary words and phrases, were first processed in this fashion, resulting in roughly a 50% saving in disk space. However, files treated in this way need in the majority of cases to be restored to full length in order that the program can read them.
Word Ways: Vol. 27
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol27/iss4/5