Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sentius Corp. has developed a technology intended to shatter language and literacy barriers. Called RichLink, the software automatically annotates documents on web sites, intranets, and CD-ROMs, allowing readers to understand the meaning, background, and intent of each word, regardless of language or social background.

With RichLink, the company claims, each word or picture in a document can be automatically linked to supplemental information or multimedia content contained within an external database or group of databases residing on a server. RichLink embeds this information directly into the document with a minimal increase in the document's size.

When a reader wants


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