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syllable division tag

From: <AndreasWieland@gmx.de>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 12:45:05 +0200 (MEST)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <18196.1056019505@www8.gmx.net>

In some languages extremly long words are existing. For instance in 
german there are words like "Oberweserdampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft".   
Unfortunally when using "text-align:justify" such a long word will be put 
to a new line or in other browsers the spaces inside the justification are  
very wide. Without using justify the width of lines could be very various.  
Why not using a tag inside a word to allows the browser to put a part of 
the word to a new  line automatically.   
For instance when I write a html-file using the above german word, I 
could use this tag like  this:  
<p>... Ober<pbr />weser<pbr />dampf<pbr />schiff<pbr />fahrts<pbr />  
gesell<pbr  />schaft ...</p> (pbr := possible break)   
The browser would show a "-" anywhere it wants in a justified text,  
whenever a new line is necessary:   
    Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla Oberweserdampf-   
    schiffahrtsgesellschaft bla bla.   
instead of:   
    Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla   
    bla bla.   
In english all words usually a very short, because of the spaces and "-"  
inside the words. But even there such problems could exists.   
Best regards 

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