[tex-hyphen] Using UTF-8 Word Lists to Create Hyphenation Pattern Files

Jonathan Kew jfkthame at googlemail.com
Wed May 23 17:48:03 CEST 2012

On 22/5/12 22:57, Steven Dickson wrote:
> Hello,
> I work for a religious organization that produces publications in
> several languages spoken by our members throughout the world. Over the
> years, we have developed UTF-8 encoded hyphenated word lists for 91
> different languages. We use these word lists to create proprietary
> hyphenation software. We would like to use these lists to create
> hyphenation pattern files that can be used with more traditional
> software such as TeX and OpenOffice applications.

I think that at present the state of pattern-generating tools is pretty 
woeful, but that could in principle be changed by some motivated developers.

Are you happy to distribute these hyphenated word lists in some way? If 
you were to make them available (under a simple, non-restrictive license 
such as BSD), it might be more likely that people in the free software 
community would be inspired to tackle the work that's needed to derive 
TeX- and OpenOffice-compatible (or other) resources from them.


> It appears that hyphenation pattern files are being created by patgen
> using tokenized word lists then converting the final output to UTF-8.
> Unfortunately, we are dealing with some complex languages that will
> exceed the 256 character limit of patgen.
> Like others, I have unsuccessfully tried to build opatgen with the
> current version of gcc. Trying to find gcc version 2.96 in hopes that it
> will work doesn’t make sense, especially when there are reports that
> opatgen has some serious reliability and performance issues. I applaud
> David Antos for his research and development of opatgen and find it
> fascinating that his work has not been adopted and enhanced by the open
> source community.
> Is using patgen with tokenized word lists and converting the output to
> UTF-8 really the only viable way to create pattern files?
> Steve Dickson
> The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
> Publishing Services Department
> 50 East North Temple Street
> Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
> Email: DicksonSK at ldschurch.org <mailto:DicksonSK at ldschurch.org>
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