Data Presentation Structures in Specialised Dictionaries: Law Dictionaries with Communicative Functions / Datenpräsentationsstrukturen in Fachwörterbüchern: Rechtswörterbücher mit einer kommunikativen Funktion / La structure de la présentation des donn...

  • Sandro Nielsen
  • Lexicographica - International Annual for Lexicography / Internationales Jahrbuch für Lexikographie, January 2015, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/lexi-2015-0010

Improve visual hierarchies in dictionaries

What is it about?

Data indictionaries should be presented in a visual hierarchy on screen that makes the most important search result data stand out on a need-to-have/nice-to have basis, because data presentation structures with functional focus may betterhelp users achieve their intended goals. Users will also easily be able to find the data items they are looking for.

Why is it important?

This paper explains that lexicographers can learn a lot from internet design experts. The design and layout principles help lexicographers to better structure and present data in online dictionaries.


Dr Sandro Nielsen
Aarhus Universitet

The paper presents some new ways in which to think about the user interface of online dictionaries and urges dictionary makers to use some of the principles and method that professional writers of websites use in order to improve user experiences when consulting modern dictionaries.

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