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MULTEXT - Document MSC 1. Version 1.1



The Multext multilingual text editor

Malek Boualem, Université de Provence
Stéphane Harié, CNRS

Winner of the 1996 CNRS/ANVIE prize
for the scientific research valorisation.

Lauréat du Prix CNRS/ANVIE 1996
de la valorisation de la recherche scientifique.

MtScript is a multi-lingual text editor that enables using several different writing systems (Latin, Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.) in the same document. MtScript provides typical editing functions such as insertion and deletion, even for text containing portions of writing in opposite directions. In addition, MtScript allows the user to explicitly associate portions of the text with a particular language, and to associate keyboarding rules with any language. Different types of character sets (single byte, multiple-byte) can also be handled.


An alpha version (v1.1) is available for Sun Sparc stations under Solaris 1.x and 2.x, and for Linux (Intel).



This software has been developed in the context of the MULTEXT project. Université de Provence and AUPELF-UREF have also supported its development.


Malek Boualem (Language writing rules)
Stéphane Harié (Graphic User Interface)

Laboratoire Parole et Langage
CNRS & Université de Provence
29, Avenue Robert Schuman
13621 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1, France
tel : (+33) 42 95 36 34
fax : (+33) 42 59 50 96
email: Malek Boualem <> and Stéphane Harié <>


Malek Boualem
Nancy Ide
Jean Véronis

Other contributors

Various people have contributed to the conception, improvement and documentation of this software. Special thanks to Greg Priest-Dorman and Langbox International, who tested MtScript intensively. The Linux version was compiled and tested by Emmanuel Flachaire.

Please send comments and suggestions to Malek Boualem <> & Stéphane Harié <>

The latest version of this document is available from the authors. Mirror copies can be made if they respect the terms of the permission notice below.

Copyright © Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1996.

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