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Clipped Words



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.