1 Center for Leksikografi, Department of Management - Nobelparken, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Department of Language and Business Communication, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Department of Business Communication - Center for Leksikografi, Department of Management - Nobelparken, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
Unlike traditional methods for user surveys of printed dictionaries log files have the potential to lead to better user surveys of online reference works. The lexicographer has the possibility to follow the user search by search. Each detail in the search pattern allows for a classification of user types and perhaps even usage situations the knowledge of which opening up for realistic assessment of a dictionary's design. However, it is necessary to combine the analysis of a log file with user studies to reap the full benefits.