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Automated Homograph Support for Electronic Dictionaries

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041679D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cumberland, WL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Homographs cannot be safely added to electronic dictionaries with ancillary information, such as hyphen breaks, because the multiple words with identical spelling cannot be distinguished from one another. This problem is solved by adding an indicator to the dictionary words to distinguish the homographs. The provision of a homograph indicator enables the system using the electronic dictionary to execute special exception processing when a dictionary word is identified as a homograph. For example, the user may define and store ancillary information associated with the most common usage of the homograph. The system is then programmed to inform the user via a warning message whenever the ancillary information for the homograph is used in a background function, such as paginate.

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Automated Homograph Support for Electronic Dictionaries

Homographs cannot be safely added to electronic dictionaries with ancillary information, such as hyphen breaks, because the multiple words with identical spelling cannot be distinguished from one another. This problem is solved by adding an indicator to the dictionary words to distinguish the homographs. The provision of a homograph indicator enables the system using the electronic dictionary to execute special exception processing when a dictionary word is identified as a homograph. For example, the user may define and store ancillary information associated with the most common usage of the homograph. The system is then programmed to inform the user via a warning message whenever the ancillary information for the homograph is used in a background function, such as paginate. In the interactive mode, the user is informed prior to usage. In either case, the user is allowed to examine the context and make necessary corrections.

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