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Re: Hyphenation (was Re: A suggested tag)

From: Vincent QUINT <Vincent.Quint@imag.fr>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 20:03:33 +0200
Message-Id: <199704171803.UAA00757@lifou.inrialpes.fr>
To: lee@sq.com
cc: www-html@w3.org, www-style@w3.org
> TeX's hypenation is very very good because it very rarely hyphenates words.
> It goes to a _lot_ of trouble to avoid hyphenation.
> When it does hyphenate words, it actually does so very very badly.
> More precisely, usually the hyphenation is acceptable, but often not.

TeX's hyphenation is based on hyphenation patterns extracted from
hyphenation dictionaries. The result simply depends on these hyphenation
dictionaries. With a good dictionary, you get good results. The main
advantage is that it uses very small pattern files and it is well
suited to multilingual documents, as it does not depend on any
language-specific algorithm. As an example, it uses different pattern
files for British English and American English.


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