This paper discusses some improvements in recent and planned versions of the multimodal annotation tool ELAN, which are
targeted at improving the usability of annotated files. Increased support for multilingual documents is provided, by allowing
for multilingual vocabularies and by specifying a language per document, annotation layer (tier) or annotation. In addition,
improvements in the search possibilities and the display of the results have been implemented, which are especially relevant
in the interpretation of the results of complex multi-tier searches.