Saturday, January 21, 2006

Quality in a dictionary is expensive. This is something a Chinese dictionary found in the most negative way. The Xinhua dictionary is facing a suit because one of its readers found more than 3.000 errors. Mr Chen Dingxiang studied the dictionary since 1998; he is looking for some money for the time that he spend on his research and an apology for what he considers a substandard work.

The thing that is sad to me is that a person who has the inclination to work on dictionaries and did so much research did all this work without it leading to improvements in the dictionary. WiktionaryZ will have 3.000 issues, but everyone who recognises one will have the EDIT button in the top left hand side and will be able to make it 2.999 issues.

Thanks,
GerardM

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