Fw: breaking with nonspace characters
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| From: Carl Morris <email@example.com>
| To: Walter Ian Kaye <firstname.lastname@example.org>
| Subject: Re: breaking with nonspace characters
| Date: Saturday, September 21, 1996 12:48 PM
| At 5:39p -0500 09/20/96, Carl Morris wrote:
| >Is there any standard or proposed methods to break words apart
| >characters as if a space had been there only when needed ) (ie:
| >suggest) and to suggest that a word could be broken with a hyphen?
| | How about the <WBR> tag and the ­ (soft hyphen) entity?
| <WBR> is Netscape support feature only, and most other browsers don't
| support it without the use of <NOBR></NOBR> ... which is not what I
| want to do ... I also think that no browser I have available to me
| supports ­... but will try it in MSIE later on...
| >http://home.aol.com/kiwi7416. We also have our own WEB page
| >at http://188.8.131.52/msftrncs/ and at http://www.htcnet.com
| >/~msftrncs/msftrncs/index.html. You may also get to the
| >ONEFOSsil page directly with http://184.108.40.206/msftrncs/
| >products/onefossil/index.html and with http://www.htcnet.com/
| | You should enclose the URLs within <>'s so that software can parse
| | at <http://220.127.116.11/msftrncs/> and at <http://www.htcnet.com
| | /~msftrncs/msftrncs/index.html>.
| | Eudora Pro 3.0 recognizes the 2-line URL, thanks to the <>'s;
| | it doesn't know to include the second line as part of the URL. This
| | unambiguates the trailing period, too.
| Sorry, thats a "software" feature and Microsoft proved its not
| required, MSIMN has "hyperlinked" every address in this message...
| HTML doesn't need such conventions anyway ... this was an HTML file
| that includes anchors around the above mentioned URL's ... and the
| reason URL's were used is because this HTML is converted to TXT for a
| DOS based manual... nothing special about it...
| | As far as the "/" goes, I think I prefer the break to occur before
| | rather than after it.
| heres something to think about:
| I think both ways have arguements ... any one else care to say
| something? (notice that my last algorythem breaks after consequetive
| >The other example... spell out the word used in "marry poppens"
| >its in the dictionary even I think...), thats pretty long winded...
| >lets say it won't fit in a single line on the browser... how can
| >browser be suggested of the proper points to break it, and place a
| >hyphen there when it does?
| >no, I am not even going to try to write that word out here.. but we
| >to know how to spell it in the 4th or 5th grade... (it starts
| | supercalifragilisticexpialidocious -- only 34 bytes long.
| and so, the word we were looking for was
| supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, I hope in this example that you
| where the soft hyphens could be used :)
| I think the point is, any time you have a word that is aproaching
| the display line in length, you aughta suggest where it can be
| hyphenated... you don't have complete control over the widths or
| location of its appearence on the viewers screen.
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