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Online Arabic Dictionary Launches

Middle East software firm Sakhr Software has announced the launch of its eagerly awaited Computer Aided Translation (CAT) system, designed for the Arab/English speaking market.

Sakhr's System is the first to apply Natural Language Processing (NLP) to both Arabic and English as source languages. It is expected to allow immense improvement in accuracy and productivity for translating all sorts of documents from English to Arabic or vice versa. The system can also be customized to handle other single-byte languages.

To compliment its software product, Sakhr also launched a free bilingual dictionary service on its Internet site. Sakhr's dictionary is now available for all Internet users where they can search for Arabic/English meanings, synonyms and antonyms while browsing.

The Internet dictionary is built upon the unique linguistic engine and database that was used to produce Sakhr's "Dictionary" on CD-ROM. All you have to do is to type the word you want to search for its meaning, synonym or antonym, and the program displays the required information. The resulting data is divided into infinitives, verbs and adjectives for easy access.

Sakhr also provides its users with innovative Arabic applications including Sindbad, The Multilingual Internet Client, which offers the user many extras such as chatting, making conferences and e-mail messaging.

The company also offers Al-Dalil, an Arabic Internet directory that enables users to search in other Arabic sites. It offers services like business guides and free advertisement for jobs, flats, etc.

The English version of Sakhar's site is found here.