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Re: [css3-text] Comments on hyphenation

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 00:56:51 +1200
Message-ID: <BANLkTik75ZDBkHSS5bYCuSTZgfkeQhgU1Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Mathias Nater <mathiasnater@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 6:16 AM, Mathias Nater <mathiasnater@gmail.com>wrote:

> A missplaced hyphen is a spelling error and thus not acceptable on a
> website. Automatic hyphenation can never be perfect due to ambiguous words.
> Therefor a webdeveloper has to be able to check and fix hyphenation.

Since hyphenation isn't standardized (and shouldn't be, IMHO), you can only
check hyphenation in particular browsers, and other browsers might do
something different. I think authors who need total control over hyphenation
should hyphenate their own text using &shy; and hyphens:manual.

It can be checked by displaying the text where all hyphenation points are
> visible. So we actually need ‘hyphens: all’.

For debugging purposes you can write a hacky script to find all the points
where the browser will hyphenate a word. I suggest someone do this and
expose it as a browser extension or similar.

I'm not too excited about implementing hyphenate-resource. It seems unlikely
to me that a significant number of Web developers will bother developing and
deploying their own hyphenation dictionaries.

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they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures
every day to see if what Paul said was true." [Acts 17:11]
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