Software to detect, correct Urdu grammatical errors to be launched soon

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The first-ever Urdu software titled “Harf Kaar” with an advanced programme of detecting and correcting grammatical errors and anomalies in Urdu diction will be launched soon.

The Urdu software is the result of joint efforts by noted poet and writer Akhtar Raza Saleemi and eminent software programmer Saeed Raza Khan.

The software has been designed keeping in view the global digital needs of Urdu writers and poets. With one click, the programme will auto-correct all the errors in Urdu diction, proof and expression.

Talking to the state-run news agency, Akhtar Saleemi said that the software will not only point out or correct Urdu diction and proof errors, it will also pave the way for uniform, error-free and up-to-date Urdu expressions.

“We have carried out so far, 500 successful trials of this software,” he added.

To a question, he said that it took his team more than a year to design and prepare this software and in its preparation, almost all the major old and new dictionaries, books reference and research work on Urdu have been consulted. With regard to correction in Urdu diction, the designers and researchers’ team has taken guidance from National Language Promotion Department seminar held in 1985 on Urdu diction, grammar and all its related fields and the recommendations of Committee on Urdu constituted in India in 1973-74.

Saleemi said that his team took great pains in producing an authentic and quality modern software of Urdu and hoped Harf Kaar will be consulted, used and downloaded by all those who wanted to compose essays, poems, articles or stories etc in correct, error-free Urdu.

To a question, he said that 95 percent of the software programme has been completed and the rest will be completed in March 2018.

About the launching of the software, he further added that it will be formally launched in a ceremony.

Software programmer Saeed Raza said that the programme has been prepared in “dot net” and no third party tool has been used in it. The software is in one portable form and there is no need to even install it.

About its size he said that Harf Kaar is quite small in size and can be run in any computer. Urdu Diction is spread in such a huge form that the software programme will be quite helpful in resolving issues of diction, proof errors etc.

Saleemi was of the view that besides literary and other forms of Urdu genre, academically too the software is of utmost importance.

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