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2000 @ Limitless Innovations
1997-1999 @ Limitless
In early 1997, Oxford University Press (OUP) invited Limitless to help them put the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) online.
We worked with OUP as general and technical advisers for the OED Online project; we provided both long-term advice and support to the development team, and helped OUP with a variety of design and deployment tasks during the design phase of the project.
To assist the project team, we set up restricted-access mailing lists, and a project web site. We set up the web site which was maintained by OUP. 
Following the research and development of a functional prototype of OED Online, we documented a list of 53 ideas and technical issues to consider in the online service. These included a Word of the Day on the promotional site and graphical representations of dictionary statistics. 
Limitless developed a web-based mail-handling system for the OED Online project team. The team consisted of people from several departments and different countries. The mail management system allowed messages to be archived so that they could be listed, searched and displayed using a web browser. We wrote all the Perl scripts and we designed the front-end. 
We were asked to consider the design of the date chart - OED entries include quotations illustrating usage over time. The earliest quotation and spread of quotations is of interest to scholars.
There was a tabular representation of the dates in the original OED 2 online prototype. We considered alternative representations and went for a bar-chart version. We moved the "axis", simplified the labels and bottom-aligned the quotation years so that they gave the appearance of a bar-chart.
Although OUP later tried variations of the new date chart, OED Online used our redesigned date chart until 2010. 
An OED Online demo (functional prototype) was taken to various universities across in the USA in a series of focus group workshops. OUP asked for a web site for the workshop attendees. We designed and built the web site for use by attendees of the focus groups.
The workshop site included an LML bulletin board system (BBS) and mail-handling system. As with the project team site, we designed the front-end of these by creating a set of page templates and graphics, adopting a similar style as the project team site. 
Limitless had developed a customisable system for building bulletin boards. We designed the front-end of the BBS by designing a set of page templates with graphics. 
We wrote a white paper discussing software architectural issues in building a scalable online service. 
We reviewed the user-interface in the requirements document for OED Online. We also reviewed the requirements document for the redeveloped CD-ROM version of OED 2. 
We provided guidance on the issues surrounding hosting services. 
We reviewed the draft Invitation to Tender (ITT) to be sent out to companies to develop and host OED Online. We were also asked to review the graphic design to be included as screenshots in the ITT document. 
We reviewed the proposals sent to OUP by the potential site developers. 
We provided advice and recommendations on the use of the "browser-safe" palette - we were also asked to check and adjust images from the design company. 
We reviewed the user-interfaces of the first and second OED Online beta versions. 
We ran a half-day session at OUP on web site logs, the problems with log analysers and how to interpret site stats. 
OED Online was launched in March 2000.
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