Not just a pretty face: the contribution of typography to lexicography

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Page847-857
AuthorPaul Luna
TitleNot just a pretty face: the contribution of typography to lexicography
AbstractTypography - the rational organization of visible language - is a major contributor to making effective dictionaries. Dictionaries are structure-rich, and therefore require a potentially complex typography. This paper, by a practising designer of dictionaries, considers the repertoire of typographic effects that are used for both navigation through a dictionary (macro-typography), and also for the dlfferentiation of individual structural elements (micro-typography). It considers historical examples (Estienne's dictionaries, Johnson's Dictionary, the OED) as well as more recent case studies including the author's own designs for the latest edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. The primacy ofthe user's needs emerges as a key theme.
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@InProceedings{ELX04-092,
author = {Paul Luna},
title = {Not just a pretty face: the contribution of typography to lexicography },
pages = {847-857},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 11th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2004},
month = {july},
date = {6-10},
address = {Lorient, France},
editor = {Geoffrey Williams and Sandra Vessier},
publisher = {UniversiteĢ de Bretagne-Sud, FaculteĢ des lettres et des sciences humaines},
isbn = {29-52245-70-3},
}
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