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WordSearch is a Perl script that generates word search puzzles. It will generate random word search puzzles, or you can give it a list which will allow it to generate your own puzzles.

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  •  24 Aug 2006 13:42

    Release Notes: The --no_normalize option was added to aid in making number searches. A small Perl program called "" was also included to aid in making number searches. Several switches that weren't documented were documented. The --all option now really uses all of the words. Some minor bugfixes were also made.

    •  27 Mar 2006 01:07

      Release Notes: This release supports Unicode wordlists and outputs SVG solutions. It makes sure there aren't multiple solutions, and improves word placement.

      •  28 Dec 2005 18:18

        Release Notes: This release adds a minwordlength switch to configure the shortest word used from the list, a similarwords switch to allow similar words (the default is now no similar words), and a useletters switch to use the letters in the puzzle as the pool of random letters to populate the puzzle. There are minor bugfixes.

        •  12 Dec 2005 04:34

          Release Notes: The word search program has been modified to shuffle the word list and then pick the words from the shuffled list. This will prevent duplicate entries from the word list (as long as the word list does not contain duplicates itself). This simplifies the code, so custom word lists may load and display faster than before.

          •  19 Apr 2005 07:09

            Release Notes: This release fixes bugs where using wordlists could cause infinite looping., blank lines caused infinite looping, and words were sometimes missing the last letter. The puzzle will now grow until a solution is found. Quick and thorough settings were added to change how quickly the program will attempt before trying to grow the puzzle, or abort.


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