Alternate Views of the Jargon File

Lots of people have used the Jargon File as a test case for different kinds of search and retrieval engines. Here are all the different ways of viewing it that I have URLs for as of late August 2000:

Current Versions (4.0.0 or later)

Most of the recent conversions have search capability but only crude ASCII highlighting (they were generated from the info or ASCII versions).

UMEC's Jargon Server
The form allows you to search, or get a random entry.
HTML generated from the flat-text version. Pretty generic.
This version has good support for searching and picking a random term.
Indexed with Excite.
Arjan De Mes's View
Arjan De Mes <> did this version at the University of Amsterdam. It allows search on a conjunction of up to three keywords. Version 4.0.0. A rather nice conversion of 4.1.4 with search capabilty.
Fortune file Rob Kaper has written a script that converts the HTML version of the File to a fortune-cookie file.

Old Versions

These versions are out of date.

The Free On-Line Dictionary Of Computing
borrowed a lot of Jargon File material, I'm not sure from which version.
Hans DeWolf's WWW Jargon File
This appears to be the best of the `rogue' conversions, except for the lack of search capability. Crossreference-to-URL translation was apparently done with a filter, and the results extensively hand-hacked (even including indexes to lists of entries deleted in various versions!)

Foreign Language Translations

Il Gergo Telematico
Maurizio Codogno has done an Italian documnt he describes as a "derivative work" or "spinoff" of the 3.0.0 Jargon File.

I know there are WAIS and other databases built from the Jargon File, but don't have those URLs. If you know of an interesting one, send me mail.
Eric S. Raymond <>