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   Re: Whitespace rules (v2)

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  • From: "Rick Jelliffe" <ricko@allette.com.au>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 01:11:36 +1000

> From: Liam Quin <liamquin@interlog.com>
> The hyphen is 0255 octal (173 decimal).  It is a hyphen, not a soft hyphen.
> There is no soft hyphen in Latin 1.
> I don't have the necessary copy of Unicode in front of me, 

In both Unicode 1.0 and Unicode 2.0   &#x00AD;  is called "soft hyphen"
or "discretionary hyphen", so it is available, but perhaps not reliably 
supported by 8859-1 applications.

Also available is the zero-width
space  &#x200B;  which can be used to provide non-hyphenating line-break
points inside long technical terms (this might be useful in chemical names,
where a dash of any kind might be misleading) and in languages in which 
words are not delimited by spaces.

For example,  supercali&#x200B;fragalistic&x200B;expialladocious.

Rick Jelliffe

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