I am currently working on a german document. While proof-reading I noticed a lot of places where the hyphenation is not correct. My current solution to this problem is to separate the word in question manually, e.g.




But I have to do this for every occurence using search and replace. Is there another way, like a central dictionary mechanism I have not heard of yet? Maybe with an integration for an editor like Notepad++ or Atom that autosuggests hyphenized words?

I am using \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} as suggested here: How to get proper German hyphenation?

I am also using \usepackage[ngerman]{babel} but this does not solve the issue.

  • Doesn't \hyphenation{Don-au-dampf-schiff-fahrts-ge-sell-schafts-ka-pi-tän} work? Sep 22, 2016 at 15:01
  • It does. But I was wondering if there is a possibility to generate a user-defined dictionary in one central place. Or even contribute to the dictionary that is used. I guess this would be in the babel package, right?
    – Michael S.
    Sep 22, 2016 at 15:03
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    If I use the Rechtschreibung Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän (with three f's), I get Do-nau-dampf-schiff-fahrts-ge-sell-schafts-ka-pi-tän
    – egreg
    Sep 22, 2016 at 15:03
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    I get the correct hyphenation Do-nau-dampf-schiff-fahrts-ge-sell-schafts-ka-pi-tän when using ngerman + babel. So you should show a concrete and complete example where hyphenation fails for you. Sep 22, 2016 at 15:34
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    Gentlesea: couldn't you just create a file with all the hyphenation commands and input it into your tex file? Sep 23, 2016 at 8:44

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With an current MiKTeX 2.9 (version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.18 (MiKTeX 2.9.6400 64-bit)) I can compile the following MWE without problems with the hyphenation. Fernbedienung is hyphenated as it should be ...





\parbox{0pt}{\hspace{0pt}Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän. Fernbedienung}


and its result:

resulting pdf


Had the same issues, for a lot of German words the hyphenation is still incorrect. You can add the hyphsubst package to overcome this shortcoming.



Won't \hyphenation{Don-au-dampf-schiff-fahrts-ge-sell-schafts-ka-pi-tän} once at the beginning of the document be sufficient?

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