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Elsevier Releases CD-ROM of Its Dictionaries

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Elsevier Releases CD-ROM of Its Dictionaries

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Elsevier Science has announced the release of a CD-ROM that is a compilation of many of its polyglot dictionaries. The 1997 edition of Elsevier Dictionaries on CD-ROM contains 50 titles, with approximately 300,000 concepts in various languages, the complete number of terms totaling approximately 1.4 million.

The product's organizational features include selection of source and target language; rapid index, full-text, and multiple dictionary searchability; and direct downloading into a working document. The screens are well organized and easy to follow, with brightly colored, clear graphics.

According to Elsevier, the functionalities of the CD-ROM make it a compatible tool for translators. All titles in the program form an electronic terminological database rather than a dictionary in electronic format, which adds to efficiency when translators have access to a large number of related titles.

The program has many features meant for user convenience. In the "language selection" screen, users can select "source" and "target" languages in the dictionaries available on the current bookshelf. In the "book styles" screen, users can choose which typography and color the languages and other elements in a record should have. Special characters can be entered in the search phrase using the character map.

Clicking the book title at the bottom of each record will pop up a "bibliographic information" screen. By selecting a word and clicking the "look up" selection icon in the tool bar, a search for all occurrences of that word within the currently active dictionary will start. …

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