Re: A suggested tag

Foteos Macrides (MACRIDES@SCI.WFBR.EDU)
Fri, 11 Apr 1997 17:52:39 -0500 (EST)


Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 17:52:39 -0500 (EST)
From: Foteos Macrides <MACRIDES@SCI.WFBR.EDU>
Subject: Re: A suggested tag
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-id: <01IHL6DFOFRC002GSO@SCI.WFBR.EDU>

Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com> wrote:
>On 11 Apr 97 at 22:31, Kenneth Christiansen wrote:
>
>> A suggested tag: something like <w>
>> for word split
>
>A soft hyphen entity, &shy;, was proposed in HTML 2.0, though I don't 
>think many (if any) browsers actually support it.  Some show a 
>hyphen, but I'm not aware of any that actually treat it as a soft 
>hyphen.

	Lynx implement handling of &shy; as a soft hyphen several
years ago.  The problem with using it in markup, though, is that
browsers which don't support it end up displaying "&shy;" within
the text.

	Even if other browsers don't bother to implement &shy;,
it would help a lot it they'd as least recongnize and add code
to ignore it.

	Since they haven't bothered to do that either, one advantage
of a tag "something like <w>", or <hyphen> which was proposed a number
of times, is that it would automatically be ignored as an unkown tag
by the old browsers, and those whose developers choose to rely solely
on a dictionary, or are unconcerned about support for soft hyphens.

				Fote

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