Online Glossary Tools for Technical Reading


Mona M. Noor

Author Addresses: 

Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University
6050 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2


An automatic glossary tool and a user updateable glossary tool were developed. The performance of both glossary tools was evaluated with respect to how useful they were to users reading technical articles online. The results of the experiments with these tools were analyzed using statistical means to determine: (a) whether the presence of a glossary tool was beneficial to users, (b) if either of the tools was more useful than the other. While the study conducted resulted in inconclusive data regarding the superiority of one of the glossary tools to the other, it was shown that the presence of either of the glossary tools did indeed significantly improve user performance.

Tech Report Number: 
Report Date: 
January 1, 2003
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