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Automatic Shape Selection in the Hebrew Language

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038655D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Goldberg, M Storisteanu, A [+details]

Abstract

In the Hebrew alphabet there are five consonants which have two shapes. A regular shape is most often used, however, at a word end the second, or terminal, shape is used. To enable efficient operation of a keyboard, it is desirable that the keyboard operator not have to select the particular shape but, rather, the text-processing system make the shape selection automatically. This ability is provided by the text processing system presented here. It consists of a finite state machine, that is, a machine which on a given input switches from one of its finite states (previous state) to another (present state) and optionally produces a given output. The characters and codes of the text processing system are divided into four character sets.