Mont Vernon, NH January 30, 1990
Hyphenation DA opens up multi-lingual word processing and publishing.
Circle Noetic Services, a small computer linguistics development company based in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire,
is marketing its first end user product, the only hyphenation DA for the Macintosh. The Dashes DA, which is more
than 99% accurate in fifteen languages according to word lists of 85,000 to 450,000 words (depending on the language),
was released in November of last year.
The development of the product Dashes may obviate many peoples need for customized word
processing or publishing software.
Until the development of Circle Noetics Dashes DA, hyphenation has been widely available
only for Apple fonts in only one or two languages at a time. Dashes is compatible with most
major word processors and DTP programs.
Circle Noetic Services has equipped Dashes with a compounding algorithm for Germanic languages,
which has made hyphenation in many of these languages really reliable for the first time.
Circle has been developing and marketing hyphenation internationally for a little more than five
years. They have also written a multi-lingual spelling checker, PassWord, and the code for Ready,Set,Go! 3.
The DA is selling in the United States for $95 per language. Site licenses are available.
About Circle Noetic Services, Inc.
Founded in late 1984 by a group of MIT linguists and computer scientists, Circle Noetic Services, Inc. is a leading
developer of natural language processing software.
PassWord is available with 15 language dictionaries: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Dutch (new orthography),
English (US), English (UK), French, German, German (new orthography), Italian, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish,
and Swiss-German. PassWord includes a spelling correction routine that suggests spelling corrections based on visual
or phonetic derivations of the misspelled word.
Dashes is based on a powerful hyphenation algorithm that is fast and very accurate. Dashes
returns over 98.5% of all possible hyphen points and is well over 99% accurate in all available languages.
Dashes is accurate in hyphenating compound words in Germanic languages (German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Dutch,
Swedish and Danish), and in other compounding languages such as Finnish and Hungarian.
Dashes is available in 32 languages: Albanian, Belorussian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch,
English, Finnish, French, German (old & new orthography), Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian,
Lithuanian, Norwegian (Bokmål & Nynorsk), Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili,
Swedish, Swiss-German, Turkish and Ukrainian.