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About Translation Version 0.6 - 0.7

History : We had been adding translations from The Basic Dictionary, letter-by-letter starting with the smallest to largest and had half the letters covered when we decided it would be more immediately valuable to users if we have the entire alphabet covered for the most common words for a uniformly minimum level, and remembered the SCOWL project had such a spelling list. We took this list (discussed below), confirmed that such current popular usages were covered in the translation lists that had already been completed, and began adding the Level 10 non-Basic words before moving to the next level of depth. Then progressed to SCOWL level 20, then completed The Basic Dictionary with all common derivatives We also added the most common prefix, suffix and computer/internet words.
By the way, we include the English and American variants and have always included alternate spellings for translations of which we were aware.

About SCOWL -- Spell Checking Oriented Word Lists by Kevin Atkinson at http://wordlist.sourceforge.net/
He defines levels as:
LevelWordsDesc Definition
10 5K wordsstarterincluded in any of several of top 1000-word lists plus common internet words.
20 14K wordspocketwords included in all dictionaries
35 49K words smallwords included in 11 of 12 dictionaries.
50 94K words medium  words appear in 5 of 12 dictionaries
70 200K wordslargewords appear in any of 12 dictionaries
Anything larger allows too many spelling errors to be accepted and is only useful to gamers -- crossword, scrabble, etc. SCOWL continues to level 95 with 628,000 spellings which the author classifies as an "insane" level.
STATUS by Letters of the Alphabet.
Basic English words, international, and derivatives -- all.
Special Wordlists, [general] plus [second] indicated -- all.
Internet/computer Words -- all.
Alternate spellings (level 25) -- all.
Common -suffix -- all
Common words, level 10 and level 20 -- all
The Basic Dictionary -- all
We are now between Level 20 and 30 and far exceed the number of words in the original goal, The Basic Dictionary.

BASIC,10-:A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z	ver 0.1
SPECIAL:  A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z	ver 0.2
LEVEL 10+:A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z	ver 0.3
LEVEL 20: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z 	Ver 0.4/0.5  
TBD, 18 : A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z  Ver 0.6 	
GBD, 30:A-Am,B, C,                   J, K,       N,       Q,                   X, Y, Z 
Version 0.4, Level 10 +20 A/B
Version 0.5, Level 10 to level 20
Version 0.6 From level 20 to complete TBD level.
Version 0.7. Plans. (accomplished) This will be an interim stopping point that will be a solid paperback/small desktop dictionary for everyday translation.
Plans for Version 1.0
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