#173

hrant's picture

What's that so-called "Soft Hyphen" in slot 173 of the Windows codepage? It's 00AD in Unicode. It shows up in the MyFonts tables, as well as the Windows CharacterMap, but it behaves very funny in Word and WordPad, whether I enter it using the Alt-zero method or I do a copy-paste from the CharacterMap. Is it supposed to appear/disappear like that? And sometimes turn into two hyphens?! Where's the "hard" hyphen? The regular one breaks too. Is there one that doesn't?

hhp

cerulean's picture

A "soft hyphen" should indicate a place where a word would be hyphenated if and only if it crosses a line break, and be invisible otherwise. How well it is or isn't implemented in a given program is the murky part.

hrant's picture

That makes sense - it does only appear when it's end-of-line. I guess the point is to manually guide the hyphenation routine. The only little mystery is why Word sometimes subs two hyphens for it...

And why is it missing from the MacRoman codepage? Doesn't Quark and stuff have bunches of different spaces and hyphens for textflow customization?

hhp

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