[Tex/LaTex] LaTeX Hyphenation


Could you please guide me to load the Oxford Dictionary in LaTeX?

I am using MikTeX 2.5 with \usepackage[english]{babel}.

Yes, I need to load the Oxford Dictionary hyphenation patterns in LaTeX.

Best Answer

The declaration \usepackage[english]{babel} loads hyphenation patterns for American English. If British English hyphenation patterns are preferred, then


is the right choice. Instead of british one can also say UKenglish.

Upgrading to MiKTeX 2.9 is recommended, as the 2.5 version enables only a few languages (and British English is not among them); it's possible to enable other languages with MiKTeX's control panel also in 2.5, but the 2.9 version is more up-to-date and highly recommendable.

You can see whether British English hyphenation patterns are not preloaded if the


declaration produces the following message in the .log file:

Package babel Warning: No hyphenation patterns were loaded for
(babel)                the language `British'
(babel)                I will use the patterns loaded for \language=0 instead.

In this case you have to go to the MiKTeX control panel to enable the language.

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