CENTRE FOR TEXT TECHNOLOGY (CTexT®)
1. Afrikaanse SkryfGoed
"I really no longer want to work on an Afrikaans text without my SkryfGoed."
These are the words of Tom McLachlan, chairperson of the Afrikaanse Taalkommissie. Tom, just like many South African writers, academics and business persons, is a loyal user of CTexT’s ever popular Afrikaanse SkryfGoed. He will, therefore, be happy to know that Afrikaanse SkryfGoed 4 has just been released and is now entirely compatible with Microsoft® Office 2013 and Windows 8.
Afrikaanse SkryfGoed 4 is a collection of four proofing tools for Microsoft Office and includes:
• Afrikaans spellchecker
• Afrikaans grammar checker
• Afrikaans thesaurus
• Afrikaans hyphenator
One of the reasons why Tom does not want to work without Afrikaanse SkryfGoed is because the grammar checker often “... helps me to see mistakes that I have made due to hurried typing.” The hyphenator breaks up words at the correct places to a following line.
According to Prof Franci Greyling (writer and lecturer in Creative Writing), the Afrikaans spelling checker is a useful way in which to quickly spot spelling as well as typing errors. She furthermore makes frequent use of the Afrikaans thesaurus to find alternatives for over-used or stereotypical words in her writing.
The grammar checker and thesaurus are one of a kind in Afrikaans for Microsoft Office, and the spelling checker is the only so-called second-generation spelling checker that currently exists for Afrikaans. This means that the most recent technologies and advanced processing are used to deliver the best results. It is regularly updated to adapt to the most recent spelling rules and developments in Afrikaans.
“I am one of the loyal followers and supporters of Afrikaanse SkryfGoed. I cannot even imagine a time that I had to make do without it! I make use of all the functions. The spelling checker is especially valuable because it quickly points out my typing errors,” writes Prof Wannie Carstens, chairperson of the SA Academy for Science and Art [SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns].
2. Proofing tools for other South African languages
CTexT® has also developed spelling checkers and hyphenators for:
• Sesotho sa Leboa (Northern Sotho)
• Sesotho (Southern Sotho)
3. Contact details
Download or order the above software from www.spel.co.za. Alternatively, contact BlueTek Computers for a quotation on 018 297 0164 or at email@example.com.
Educational institutions are entitled to 20% discount, and licensing options for multiple users are available.