Re: Hyphenation (was Re: A suggested tag)

On Thu, 17 Apr 1997, Fred L. Drake wrote:

>   The base dictionaries should be determined by the UA, but an author
> should be able to provide supplemental dictionaries for unusual
> words.

I suppose that the issue can be summarized as follows:

1. The standardized specification of language and adequate support for
   is the crucial thing (especially since it addresses many other
   questions than hyphenation as well). Much more crucial than any
   of the following.

2. Author's supplemental dictionaries would be a good thing to have
   support for. They might be marginally useful.

3. Still, if aiming at perfectness, there should be a way to specify
   the hyphenation of an _occurrence_ of a word - using some element
   and associated attribute related to the occurrence, not to the word
   in general. The reason is that a language may have words which
   have the same spelling but should still be hyphenated differently.
   Admittedly, this means that the orthography is not perfect. But
   this is a fact of life. (Pobody is nerfect.)


Received on Thursday, 17 April 1997 12:28:53 UTC