VLE – Viennese Lexicographic Editor

VLE is a fairly new piece of software that first came into existence as a by-product of an entirely different development activity: the creation of an interactive online learning system for university students. Thus, it was first used in a collaborative glossary editing project carried out as part of university language courses at the University of Vienna. As the tool proved to be flexible and adaptable enough, it was also put to work in other projects. The interface is built around an XML editor. The communication between the dictionary client and the server has been implemented as a RESTful web service.

The interface is built around an XML editor that allows to process standard-based lexicographic and terminological data, basically any XML-based format such as LMF, TBX, RDF, or TEI can be handled. The program provides a number of useful functions to automate editing procedures. It can check the structural integrity (well-formedness) of input on the fly. Technologically, it draws not only on the XML core specification but also on several cognate technologies. XSLT and XPath play an important role both for visualizing and modifying existing datasets. Lexicographers can insert elements on the basis of predefined XML Schemas. Most of the functions can be applied both to single and multiple lemmas. One of the most recent improvements is a versioning system and an improved working mode that allows lexicographers to work on the XML data without actually seeing the tags. Furthermore, the editor also has a configurable interface enabling lexicographers to access external corpora and to integrate example sentences from them into dictionary entries. The communication between the dictionary client and the server has been implemented as a RESTful web service.

Among others, VLE is being used in the VICAV and TUNICO projects. It can be downloaded from CLARIN Centre Vienna.