Re: A suggested tag

Jukka Korpela (
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 16:54:41 +0300 (EET DST)

Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 16:54:41 +0300 (EET DST)
From: Jukka Korpela <>
Subject: Re: A suggested tag
In-Reply-To: <af746e0209021004b416@[]>
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On Fri, 11 Apr 1997, Terje Norderhaug wrote:

> A better idea would be a shared dictionary of words and how they are
> splitted residing on the network.

Hyphenation is a strongly language-dependent issue, so what we basically
need is support to different languages (including the HTTP level features
and the proposed LANG attribute at the HTML level). For example, in
English documents hyphenation is usually not desirable, whereas in
Finnish documents it is often crucial for good-quality presentation
since words are often very long; and in Finnish hyphenation can mostly 
be done on algorithmic basis (without dictionaries), and if high-quality
hyphenation is desired, one really needs program which performs
morphological analysis (in addition to using a dictionary). Most languages
are probably somewhere between, but one should _not_ assume that
dictionaries or explicit hyphenation by authors are are the universally
correct approach.