Introduction by OpenMethods Editor (Delphine Montoliu): This post presents the data and scientific challenges in digitizing dictionaries.
One of the major concerns of dictionary makers before the electronic age was how to save space. Dictionary makers achieved this by using abbreviations, using typography (styles and special characters) to mark different parts of an article and using context to convey information. This specifically means that certain elements can either be omitted depending on the context or bear a different meaning.
Original publication date: 26/03/2016.