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I work for a medical journal, and we use InDesign C5. I am wondering if there is a way to "teach" InDesign how to correctly hyphenate medical jargon at the end of a paragraph line. Obviously, our journal prints a lot of unusual words, such as ischemia, translateral, psuedomeningioma, and a host of other neurosurgical terms which I can't spell, ha ha. InDesign sometimes hyphenates these words incorrectly at the end of a paragraph line; for example, we often see translateral broken as tran-slateral, instead of trans-lateral. It can be fixed manually, but this is a time suck and sometimes we miss them.

Is there a way to get InDesign to break these words correctly? Would adding a medical dictionary solve the problem? We are English US, btw.

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I think you can turn off the automated breaking of text if that would help, but its only relevant if you don't want any words to be broken rather than just specific words. So is it just specific words or do you mind if all words don't break? –  Mr E. Upvoter Oct 23 '13 at 15:58
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This can be handled by the "dictionaries" functionality, but may need to be done by hand unfortunately:

(see: "Add words to dictionaries")

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WSa285fff53dea4f8617383751001ea8cb3f-6f53a.html

In the dictionaries, at least the user-created ones, you can edit the hyphenation for specific words.

  • one tilde (~) to indicate the best possible hyphenation points, or the only acceptable hyphenation point, in the word;
  • two tildes (~~) to indicate your second choice;
  • three tildes (~~~) to indicate a poor but acceptable hyphenation point;
  • if you want the word never to be hyphenated, type a tilde before its first letter.

Note that one can export and import such dictionaries, so someone may have done some of the work already.

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