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Data access revisited: The Interactive Language Toolbox

Serge Verlinde and Geert Peeters

in Electronic Lexicography

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654864
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654864.003.0008
Data access revisited: The Interactive Language Toolbox

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It is generally accepted that one of the main advantages of electronic dictionaries over paper dictionaries is the speed with which information can be retrieved. In most electronic dictionaries, search functions have been greatly expanded: use of wildcards, searching for word forms (rather than lemmas), full text search, hyperlinks, searching for specific parts of a dictionary entry, easier searching for word combinations, etc. In the development of these options, attention has mainly been focused on technological aspects (technology-oriented lexicography). Increasing attention is being paid to improving these search options and access facilities in general, with a view to developing tools that are more responsive to the needs and profile of the user (user-oriented lexicography). This chapter proposes a number of principles for the design of more user-friendly interfaces specifically for online electronic dictionaries, based on common usability principles.

Keywords: dictionary interface; user-oriented lexicography; usability; usability study; lexical tutor; interactive language toolbox; dictionary customization; data access; dictionary aggregator

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Subjects: Lexicography ; Semantics

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