RTL Today – Improved search function: Luxembourg’s online dictionary launches new website
According to the latest statistics, an average of 2,700 people consult the Luxembourg Online Dictionary (LOD) daily. In order to improve the user experience, the content and accessibility of the site have recently been redesigned.
The team in charge of the LOD, operated by the Center de la langue luxembourgeoise, has drawn up a long list of elements that could be improved upstream of the company. The number one goal was to create a better search function. Center director Luc Marteling explained that the software now also recognizes individual letters and combinations, which increases the likelihood of finding the right words.
Translations are presented in German, French, English and Portuguese. These four languages can also be used to find the respective Luxembourgish translation of a word. Additionally, examples of correct usages will be listed, along with the correct pronunciation and number of existing synonyms.
Sven Collete, who works at the Center as a data analyst, gave an overview of the most searched words: “The main words are verbs, for example ‘have’, ‘be’, ‘go’, ‘watch’ , “to do”. But we’re also seeing temporary increases in searches for particular words. … This helps us identify a variety of interesting statistics.”
The lexicographer Alexandre Ecker spoke about the advantages of online dictionaries: “There is no need to save space on a website, which is not the case with a paper dictionary, where all the data must be compressed to the maximum, because each added page increases costs and weight. … We have thus taken advantage of new technological possibilities to represent the data in the most optimal way.”
Another advantage of the online dictionary is that new words can be added at any time, making it possible to map the continuous changes affecting the Luxembourgish language. Each month, an average of 50-60 new words are added to the LOD.