February 2019

hyphenation .xyz

a website by harm van den dorpel, 2019


this work of art is publicly accessible on the internet for free. become a patron to help keep this work available online, and support the artist in the development of new work.

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hyphenation is a typographic operation: by dividing words (usually at the end of a line on a page) with a dash ("-"), information can be fit efficiently on a piece of paper. the written word is chopped up, based on semi-systematic hyphenation rules, that mimic the sound in our minds, when we trace and pronounce the words with our eyes.

unlike paper, on the internet there are no finite bounds. text can flow freely on the screen, expanded by scrollbars. in this work, an automated computer voice is programmed to (clumsily) read out the word segments. this brings the text on the webpage back to its printed predecessor, and from print back to spoken word.