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Re: General Purpose Dictionary Generator

From:taliesin the storyteller <taliesin-conlang@...>
Date:Monday, October 30, 2006, 14:17
* On 2006-10-28 21:58:46 +0200 Gary Shannon wrote:
> > > Please feel free to make comments, suggestions and feature requests. > Once I get the whole thing running as a mock-up web application I can > start coding the real program.
The dictionary-*style/format* is rather non-standard. Its use of parentheses makes it resemble neither good paper-based dictionaries nor good web-based dictionaries. There are two important criteria for the style/format of a dictionary entry: 1) compactness 2) readability In paper-form, 1) always trumps 2), but for a web-based dictionary, 2) ought to be king. As for a good example of readability, see the AHD: Here's OED: A Norwegian dictionary for both bokmål and nynorsk: (This 'un is closely modelled on the paper-version) Here's my favorite Basque dictionary: (Not possible to link directly to a word, this is a flaw.) Type "language" in the box next to "Search", hit "Search" to see the format. The county library has a most excellent dictionary of Greenlandic, however I haven't got access to a scanner right now and so can't show you the entries for the suffixes, which are important for many conlangs. t.