I am writing a Visual Basic application that needs to use a
dictionary, and thesaurus and if possible a spell checker too.
I thought that instead of re-inventing the wheel, I would use
the tools available on standards word processors like MS-Word
(sp-am.lex etc., which contain executable code apparently
copyrighted by Houghton-Mifflin). Most of my users to have
Word anyway, so there should be no copyright issue.
So, my question for the Net is, is there any way to invoke the
MS-Word tools from a Visual Basic application. Ideally, I would
like to send a word out to the tool and return the standard Word
thesaurus dialog box. I expect to do this often during a typical
application session, so any overhead of starting up Word everytime
will render it useless.
I don't know if this matters, but I have Visual Basic 2.0,
Standard Edition. If it does matter, I am willing to invest in
Thanks in advance for any help. E-mail is prefered.