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Understanding how users evaluate innovative features of online dictionaries – an experimental approach

  • Compared with printed dictionaries, online dictionaries provide a number of unique possibilities for the presentation and processing of lexicographical information. However, in Müller-Spitzer/Koplenig/Töpel (2011) we show that – on average - users tend to rate the special characteristics of online dictionaries (e.g. multimedia, adaptability) as (partly) unimportant. This result conflicts somewhat with the lexicographical request both for the development of a user-adaptive interface and the incorporation of multimedia elements. This contribution seeks to explain this discrepancy, by arguing that when potential users are fully informed about the benefits of possible innovative features of online dictionaries, they will come to judge these characteristics to be more useful than users that do not have this kind of information. This argument is supported by empirical evidence presented in this paper.

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Author:Alexander KoplenigGND
Parent Title (English):Electronic lexicography in the 21st century: New applications for new users. Proceedings of eLex 2011, Bled, Slowenien, 10.-12. November 2011
Publisher:Trojina, Institute for Applied Slovene Studies
Place of publication:Ljubljana
Editor:Iztok Kosem, Karmen Kosem
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2011
Date of Publication (online):2015/07/27
Tag:Dictionary use; Empirical research; Online dictionary
GND Keyword:Benutzer; Computerunterstützte Lexikographie; Online-Wörterbuch
First Page:147
Last Page:150
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 410 Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG