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Glo Not Splitting words at end of sentence
#1  sunny1z 01-20-2013, 06:29 AM
Hello*
When I compare the layout of the pages on the Kobo glo with a normal book I noticed that on most of the epubs I read, the device does never tries to split words at the end of a sentence. It always uses full words. In that way the layout seems wierd as it tries to match with filling it up with empty spaces or with another setting it leaves gaps at the end of a line instead of part of a word.*
The language is Dutch. Is this a Kobo fault or an ePub error. Or do I need to do something to make it work?
Is it Kobo related...the not knowing how to split a dutch word?
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#2  guma 01-20-2013, 08:11 AM
KOBO has no option to change hyphenation settings comfortably, but you can (quite easily) modify the hyphenation settings in the firmware installer files:

Download the firmware to your computer. (Don't install it yet).
Open the KoboRoot.tgz file with 7Zip.
Open the TAR inside with 7Zip.
Go to \.\usr\local\Kobo\hyphenDicts\
Edit the files for the languages you are using. (In the first line you will find the LEFTHYPHENMIN and RIGHTHYPHENMIN settings, setting these to lower values will result in more hyphenation.)
Save and leave.
Copy the entire contents of the modified firmware zip file to the .kobo directory on the Touch.
Disconnect the Touch.
The Touch will now install the firmware with the adapted hyphenation settings.

To prevent firmware updates from overriding these settings again you will have to modify any future firmware in the same way (or, alternatively remove the hyphen dictionary files altogether from future firmware updates).
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#3  sunny1z 01-20-2013, 10:17 AM
thank you foryour help and show me the way to the root file
but no dutch file is included...sadly

Quote guma
KOBO has no option to change hyphenation settings comfortably, but you can (quite easily) modify the hyphenation settings in the firmware installer files:

Download the firmware to your computer. (Don't install it yet).
Open the KoboRoot.tgz file with 7Zip.
Open the TAR inside with 7Zip.
Go to \.\usr\local\Kobo\hyphenDicts\
Edit the files for the languages you are using. (In the first line you will find the LEFTHYPHENMIN and RIGHTHYPHENMIN settings, setting these to lower values will result in more hyphenation.)
Save and leave.
Copy the entire contents of the modified firmware zip file to the .kobo directory on the Touch.
Disconnect the Touch.
The Touch will now install the firmware with the adapted hyphenation settings.

To prevent firmware updates from overriding these settings again you will have to modify any future firmware in the same way (or, alternatively remove the hyphen dictionary files altogether from future firmware updates).
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#4  guma 01-21-2013, 01:03 PM
Quote sunny1z
thank you foryour help and show me the way to the root file
but no dutch file is included...sadly
That explains the complete lack of hyphenation (the standard KOBO hyphenation settings are rather aggressive for most languages). You may find a dutch dictionary somewhere (these are standard adobe hyphenation dictionaries) and add it to the firmware as explained above.
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#5  goesta 02-02-2013, 12:18 PM
I have not had a single hyphenated word appear in the dozen or so books I have read since buying the Kobo Glo, and thought before reading this thread that perhaps this was a limitation of ebooks. Is there a setting to turn this feature on or off? The Kobo help pages have NO entry for the word "hyphen". I almost exclusively read in English but bought the Kobo here in Germany. Could it be that no English hyphenation dictionary is included in the German version (the menu language is set to English and works fine; the dictionary list shows an English dictionary being active)? How can I check this?

Thanks!
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#6  Lynx-lynx 02-02-2013, 05:07 PM
@sunny1z I'm wondering what justification settings you are using?

It may not be relevant, but it may have an impact on how words are treated on the line.

So are your settings:

Off

left justified

justified
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#7  goesta 02-21-2013, 10:35 AM
I noticed the other day that an ePub I created from raw text hyphenates just fine on my Glo (in English). So I wonder whether commercial ePubs may contain settings preventing hyphenation (for whatever reason), and so not seeing it where you'd expect actually has nothing to do with the reader?
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#8  jclim00 02-21-2013, 11:37 AM
My average seems to be about one hyphenated word every 2 pages or so. English language, justification settings in reader, left or justified doesn't seem to matter (though i convert all my epubs to justified in calibre), mostly commercial epubs, but again, converted through calibre. Big change from the nook touch which seems to hyphenate very very aggressively, sometimes seems like 1/3 of the line ending words being hyphenated.
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#9  davidfor 02-21-2013, 08:39 PM
Quote goesta
I noticed the other day that an ePub I created from raw text hyphenates just fine on my Glo (in English). So I wonder whether commercial ePubs may contain settings preventing hyphenation (for whatever reason), and so not seeing it where you'd expect actually has nothing to do with the reader?
It is possible to put hyphenation marks into words in the html code. These would then be the place that a device would choose to split the word if needed. But, I don't know if either reader on the Kobo device supports this.

Did you set the "text-align" property in the CSS of your book? Commercial books tend to use "justify" for this. That will result in more hyphenation than if you leave it as the default of "left".
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