Dear Dr De Lucca,
As a former colleague of Ramesh, I haven't got much to add to his very
comprehensive checklist. But you may wish to consider to what extent the
data requirements (approx. points 1-14 of Ramesh's list) need to be
integrated with the compilation package proper (approx. points 15-20).
For maximum reusability, you may want to separate the two components,
and maybe your brief only covers the latter.
I would add a couple of things:
- since many big dictionary projects today are compiled by dispersed
teams working on their own computers, the software ideally needs to be
platform-independent, and include some kind of networking facility for
ease of file transfer;
- again, for maximum reusability and flexibility, the software should
allow the project manager to define his/her own tagset (though a basic
tagset should be included initially). There's a Croatian package called
Softlex that allows precisely this.
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