Soft hyphen (Re: Cougar comments)

Jukka Korpela (
Sat, 10 May 1997 20:07:31 +0300 (EET DST)

Date: Sat, 10 May 1997 20:07:31 +0300 (EET DST)
From: Jukka Korpela <>
Subject: Soft hyphen (Re: Cougar comments)
In-Reply-To: <Pine.SUN.3.96.970510172734.245B-100000@enoshima>
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On Sat, 10 May 1997, Martin J. Duerst wrote:

> Soft-hyphen covers the vast bulk of cases in all languages that use
> hyphenation.

On the contrary, if soft hyphen is used according to ISO 8859-1
(and how else could it be used in HTML), it covers _no_ hyphenation
cases - except those where a word break _has been established_ by the
human being or other agent that produced the HTML _source_.

Contrary to what seems to be common belief even among HTML experts,
soft hyphen (as defined by ISO 8859-1) is _not_ a hyphenation hint
comparable to invisible hyphen in text processing programs. See
for more detailed discussion.