Are space-saving strategies relevant in electronic dictionaries?

By November 17, 2016,
Page 463-470
Author Marie-Hélene Corréard
Title Are space-saving strategies relevant in electronic dictionaries?
Abstract A major challenge for lexicographers compiling paper dictionaries has always been one of available space. Different strategies have been devised to pack as much information as possible into traditional dictionaries. This paper addresses some ofthese strategies and their usefutaess in electronic dictionaries. In the first part of this article, the more straightforward methods used by dictionary makers are examined. These range from using thinner paper, choosing smaller fonts, to replacing headwords by swung dashes or listing collocates with slashes, etc. Part two examines in detail the special treatment of lexical sets. The technique that consists in giving all the information about one item and cross-referring to a 'model entry' has been used for a long time for items like months and days ofthe week, hi the Oxford-Hachette Dictionary (1994) this approach was taken further and developed into a feature. Finally, in the third part of this paper, the need for such an approach in electronic dictionaries is discussed. Even when space is not an issue, some ofthe devices remain useful. They need to be enhanced and adapted to the electronic medium in order to give users the possibility to acquire knowledge (e.g. extracting lexical sets) in an organised and effortless fashion.
Session The Dictionary-making Process
author = {Marie-Hélene Corréard},
title = {Are space-saving strategies relevant in electronic dictionaries? },
pages = {463-470},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 10th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2002},
month = {aug},
date = {13-17},
address = {København, Denmark},
editor = {Anna Braasch and Claus Povlsen},
publisher = {Center for Sprogteknologi},
isbn = {87-90708-09-1},