WordPerfect redux

WordPerfect Office 12 has just been released by Corel. The original Wordperfect was one of the great milestones for document creators, managers, translators etc back in the late 1980s and early 90s, and was the possibly the first comprehensive word processing package to be thoroughly localized. Corel claims this latest version includes ‘multilingual writing tools for many languages including French, German, Spanish, Dutch and Italian. The suite also includes 40 new templates, the Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 9,500 clipart images, 600 TrueType fonts and more than 180 photos’.

But they didn’t manage global simultaneous release. ‘English versions of WordPerfect Office 12 are available today across North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. German, French, Spanish and Brazilian-Portuguese versions of WordPerfect Office 12 will be available beginning in the summer of 2004.’

Andrew Joscelyne
European, a language technology industry watcher since Electric Word was first published, sometime journalist, consultant, market analyst and animateur of projects. Interested in technologies for augmenting human intellectual endeavour, multilingual méssage, the history of language machines, the future of translation, and the life of the digital mindset.


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