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Language and Quotations

Search Engines

Writing and Publishing

Shareware and Freeware (Favorite Utilities)

Shareware and Freeware (Other Sites)

Miscellaneous links

[Effective March 2022]

Unsolicited requests for sites to be listed on this page that have a commercial purpose — in whole or part, or referenced in the request
will not be accepted and no response to such solicitations will be given.

That said, I intend to continue to post new links below on a somewhat random basis, as my time and interest permit.

Corrections to existing links on this page are always welcomed.
Language and Quotations
Some Search Engines
AlphaDictionary.com - https://www.alphadictionary.com/index.shtml - Foreign language and specialty dictionaries

Bartleby.com - https://www.bartleby.com/ - "The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge."

Funk and Wagnalls Dictionary - http://www.funkandwagnalls.com/

Guide to Grammar & Writing - http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

Merriam-Webster Online - https://www.merriam-webster.com/

NetLingo The Internet Language Dictionary - https://www.netlingo.com/

OneLook Dictionaries -200+ Million Words - https://www.onelook.com/

Phrase Finder - searchable database of English phrases and sayings - https://www.phrases.org.uk/

Strunk's The Elements of Style - https://www.bartleby.com/141/ - "Still in print" (and for good reasons)

The Quotations Page - http://www.quotationspage.com/

Wise Old Sayings - https://www.wiseoldsayings.com/

Whole Internet Clipart Guide - https://www.clipartguide.com/
Bing - http://www.bing.com/ - Microsoft's search tool

Dogpile - http://www.dogpile.com/ - Multiple search engines accessed for each search

DuckDuckGo - https://duckduckgo.com/ - The search site that takes your privacy seriously

Google - http://www.google.com/ - What's there to say?
Wolfram|Alpha - https://www.wolframalpha.com/ - The uber-geek search and computational tool. Categories: Math, Science & Technology, Society & Culture, Everyday Life


Writing and Publishing
Shareware and Freeware
WordPerfect X8 (released April 2016) now includes some new template projects: APA Report, MLA Report, and Turabian Report.
APA Style - Purdue University Online Writing Lab (Research and Citation Resources) for the APA Style, MLA Style, and Chicago Manual of Style.

APA Style Essentials (downloadable PDF document) -
Douglas Degelman, PhD; Vanguard University of Southern California.

Book Designer - https://www.thebookdesigner.com/
category/book-construction-blueprint/ -
"Book Construction Blueprint series"
Book Designer - http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2009/09/parts-of-a-book/" -
"Self-Publishing Basics: An Unabridged List of the Parts of a Book"

BookWire Homepage - https://www.bookwire.com/

Butterick's Practical Typography - https://practicaltypography.com/ - "Ty­pog­ra­phy is the vi­sual com­po­nent of the writ­ten word". Web-based book (voluntary payment) by the author of Typography for Lawyers.

Chicago Manual of Style - https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html

Documenting Sources in the Disciplines - https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/

Copyright Law in the United States (BitLaw) - https://www.bitlaw.com/copyright/

Critters Workshop for SF, Fantasy, Horror writers - http://brain-of-pooh.tech-soft.com/users/critters/

Daily Writing Tips -
- A blog covering "... topics ranging from grammar to punctuation, from spelling to usage and vocabulary." A good place to start is the section on Most Popular Articles.

ForWriters.com - http://forwriters.com/
Gentium font -  http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=gentium - A good substitute for Times Roman, it is "a [free, open source] typeface family designed to enable the diverse ethnic groups around the world who use the Latin, Cyrillic and Greek scripts to produce readable, high-quality publications. It supports a wide range of Latin- and Cyrillic-based alphabets." Try the Gentium Basic and the slightly heavier weighted Gentium Book Basic. [See also "What the Font?" in the Miscellaneous section below.]
How to Set Rates FAQ - The HTML Writers Guild - http://www.hwg.org/resources/faqs/ratesFAQ.html

International Trademark Association - https://www.inta.org/
iUniverse - http://www.iuniverse.com/ - For new and out of print authors - A partnership with Barnes & Noble, Writers Digest - Get published on the web!

MLA Formatting and Style Guide - https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/

Proper manuscript format by William Shunn - https://www.shunn.net/format.html

Rhymer -
https://www.writeexpress.com/rhyming-dictionary.html - (Commercial product) Rumored to be the same program that shipped with some early DOS (WPCorp) versions of WordPerfect

Richard Lederer's Verbivore - http://www.verbivore.com/ - "If you are heels over head (as well as head over heels) in love with words, tarry here a while to graze or, perhaps, feast on the English language. ..."

Science Fiction Resource Guide - http://sf.emse.fr/SFRG/

Science Fiction Writers of America - https://www.sfwa.org/

The Authors Guild Online - https://www.authorsguild.org/

The Online Communicator - http://www.online-communicator.com/toppage.html

The Writer's Online Toolkit -

U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual -
(or search the main site: https://www.gpo.gov) - "... The Style Manual is the product of many years of public printing experience, and its rules are based on principles of good usage and custom in the printing trade. The Style Manual has served Federal printers since 1894, and with this 29th edition, the traditions of printing and graphic arts are carried forward into new technologies."

Writer Beware - https://www.sfwa.org/beware/ - Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America - Warnings About Literary Fraud and Other Schemes, Scams, and Pitfalls That Target Writers

William Shunn - http://www.shunn.net/format/wp.html - William Shunn's WordPerfect template and macros for automating short story manuscripts.

Writer's Blocks software for writers - https://www.writersblocks.com/

Writer's Digest - https://www.writersdigest.com/

Writers Guild of America - https://www.wga.org/

Writers.Net Internet Resource for Writers, Editors, Publishers and Agents - https://www.writers.net/

Writers Write - A "one-stop resource for information about books, writing and publishing." http://www.writerswrite.com/

Writing.com - https://www.writing.com/
Writing Center, The - https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/ - Tips and Tools page, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. See (e.g.) "Latin Terms and Abbreviations".
Zotero - https://www.zotero.org/ - [Free, open source utility software] "Your personal research assistant - Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research." Documentation is online. [Related page to "create a quick bibliography": https://zbib.org/] - See also this post on WordPerfect Universe about using Zotero with WordPerfect.

Some Favorites
Click here for other shareware/freeware download sites

  • As-U-Type
    • If you are not a touch-typist (or even if you are), this little utility program can correct typos and spelling errors as you type. It even works alongside WordPerfect's QuickCorrect, and can expand abbreviations like QuickWords -- in any Windows program (such as your e-mail program). Learns from your mistakes. Easy to toggle on and off as needed (LShft+RShft keys), and very easy to use. Free 30-day trial.
  • FinePrint
    • "...save money by reducing ink and paper usage
    • reduce file storage space
    • skip graphics
    • convert colored text to black
    • print multiple pages onto a sheet
    • print booklets (easier than with WordPerfect)
    • electronic letterhead
    • watermarks, headers, footers
    • save as JPEG, TIF, BMP..."
    • This is a similar product to ClickBook (below), for $49.95. Fewer layoout options than ClickBook, but slightly easier to use, and it can store pages until you are ready to print, making it even easier to create booklets from multiple sources.
    • Download the trial (demo) version, which is limited to 8 pages of output and has a default text footer; both limitations are removed when you register.
  • ClickBook
    • Similar to FinePrint but with more layout options. According to their web site, ClickBook is "...a powerful yet easy-to-use printing utility, lets you print customized day planner pages, wallet booklets, brochures, greeting cards, catalogs, microfiche, and more from Internet, Windows, or CD-Rom files! ClickBook, helps you scale, rotate, and duplex your digital photos, favorite on-line content, or other critical information into 40+ mobile and convenient layouts. You can even design your own custom layouts and save up to 70% in paper costs!" Also, ClickBook makes it easier to adjust binding margins than WP's booklet printing feature.
    • ClickBook works in any Windows program since it acts as a printer driver, which is selectable with File>Print.
    • A ClickBook demo is available for download (about 3Mb). The registration cost is $49.95.
  • NoteTab Lite
    "The ultimate free (Windows) Notepad replacement and a handy HTML editor...Search files, strip HTML tags and format text quickly."
    • Of special interest is NoteTab's ability to automatically store any text copied to the Windows clipboard in its own "Pasteboard". Open NoteTab, press <Shift+Ctrl+P>, and everything you copy (Ctrl+C) or cut (Ctrl+X) will also go to the Pasteboard file. (You can even minimize NoteTab for the session.) You can then copy from the Pasteboard back into another application such as WordPerfect, your e-mail program, etc.
    • Cleaning up "quoted" e-mail material is easy, too. Copy it into NoteTab, select the text, then click Modify, E-mail, Unquote to remove all leading ">" symbols. Then select the text again and click Modify, Lines, Join Lines. (These steps can be made easier by customizing NoteTab's toolbar and adding the appropriate buttons.)
  • Automatic backups.
    • If you need real-time, automatic, sequential backups of designated files (as many backups as you want), you might consider Centered Systems SecondCopy ($29.95).

Some Other Download Sites

Funduc Software - Search and Replace for Wind. - http://www.funduc.com/

SoftwareVault - https://www.softwarevault.com/

TUCOWS - http://tucows.com/
ZDNet Software Library - https://www.zdnet.com/swlib/

ASCII / HTML codes chart

Conversion factors (kilometers to miles, etc.) - https://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001729.html

WhatTheFont? - "Ever wanted to find a font just like the one used by certain publications, corporations, or ad campaigns? Well now you can, using our WhatTheFont font recognition system. Upload a scanned image of the font and instantly find the closest matches in our database...." [See also the Find Fonts tab on their site.]

Understanding the Nuances of Typeface Classification - A short (blog) article of various font typefaces - styles, history, examples (infographic), and links for further reading.

"What is 'Lorem Ipsum?'" - Dummy text for printing, layouts, etc., and a free generator of random 'Latin' paragraphs. [WordPerfect has a macro, Lorem Ipsum, that has been included since version X7 that can generate a specified number of such meaningless words. And some browsers such as Firefox offer "ipsum" add-ons for use in their browser.]

"Almost Perfect" - [A history of WordPerfect] The link at left is to a WordPerfect Universe post that provides links to the eBook, Almost Perfect, by W.E. Pete Peterson.

As Amazon's Kindle page says -

The fascinating inside story of WordPerfect Corporation's rise from rags to riches, straight from the man who ran the company.

In 1980 Pete Peterson was hired as the $5-an-hour part-time office manager by a fledgling software company. That company became WordPerfect Corporation, and Peterson quickly became Executive Vice President. "Almost Perfect" is Peterson's first-person account of how a group of business neophytes built a half-billion-dollar software company from the ground up.

Other formats (epub, pdf, et al) can be bought on Smashwords here.

How WordPerfect got its name
From Chapter 3 of Peterson's book -

... One big problem we had getting ready for the PC release [in November of 1982] was finding a new name for the product. SSI*WP was not very catchy. I liked the name WordPerfect, but I could not get anyone to support me. I thought of the name while pulling into a parking space in front of our offices, when I had one of those "Ah Ha!" type experiences. I liked the name, because it reminded me of the idiom "letter perfect" and described something which was word for word correct. I rushed into the office, sure that everyone would go crazy and love the name, but no one did.

Months passed and we still could not agree on a name, so we decided to hold a contest among the employees to name the product. Whoever came up with the winning name would win $100. From a long list of nominated names, we all voted for our favorite. Word Plus and ProWrite received the most votes, and WordPerfect came in somewhere near the bottom. In spite of a very poor showing, I put WordPerfect on the list of names we gave to the attorney for a trademark search, just in case we could not use one of the winning names. It turned out there was already a word processor with the name Word Plus, and there was a printer with the name Prowriter. Because we had taken so long to decide on a name, we had too little time to start over. Under these circumstances, WordPerfect became the unpopular winner. The name was so unpopular, in fact, that no one paid me the $100 prize money.

Despite its initial unpopularity, the name proved to be a good one. It was so positive sounding that it made any criticism sound untrue. It was like naming a soap, "Makes You Look Younger," so the competition would have to say something like "Use our soap instead of the Makes You Look Younger soap." "WordPerfect" also sounded like a very good product. ...
A favorite quote about
a time I remember well
"...Soon there will be no one who remembers when spaceflight was still a dream, the reverie of reclusive boys and the vision of a handful of men. Most of those who met in ardent little groups in small cafes between the world wars, planning voyages to the moon and planets that they never hoped to witness, are no longer living. And the last lonely boy to lie in a cricket-pulsing, honeysuckle night and gaze at a virgin moon is now in the latter years of his life. On the yellowed pages of boyhood books, the silver ships still poise sleek and needle-nosed on the craggy wastes of other worlds — on alien moonscapes, bathed in the stark and eerie light of some monster planet whose ring-shadowed hemisphere fills the whole horizon, bulging into the black sky like a great golden bubble, looming behind spacesuited specks who wander ant-like across the incandescent night.... It was a dream of visible planets impossibly distant, of fantastic alien surfaces, of a Tom Sawyer's island or an Emerald City of Oz, awaiting for eons the beaching of man's boats. It was a vision of steaming Venusian jungles, and fine soft days on the green hills of Mars, cooled by coastal breezes from the Great Canal, looking over a far desert where ruins stood half in sand...."
- Wyn Wachhorst
The Dream of Spaceflight: Essays on the Near Edge of Infinity