3022Re: Non-breaking hyphen [NH]
- Aug 14 9:47 AMHi Alec,
-- But it seems peculiar indeed, that there should be no non-breaking
-- hyphen as a companion to the non-breaking space.
-- Not speaking about HTML here, but just about how books and
-- newspapers are "normally" printed - aren't there really two kinds
-- of hyphens, ones that are always there even if the word/phrase
-- does NOT require breaking (your example: Nielsen-Stokeby) and
-- hyphens that MAY be inserted as part of the right justification
-- process (eg. syl·la·ble)
-- My point: either of these [Nielsen-Stokeby and syl·la·ble] can be
-- legitimately broken, so why would a non-breaking hyphen be
Certainly, there are more kinds of hyphen-like characters. You have
introduced one that I don't recognize in syl·la·ble.
For me, it is less a question as to when lines are REQUIRED to be
broken, than to when it is ALLOWED. I'm puzzled at the character
strings which you feel can be split legitimately. I would not split
proper names, such as "Nielsen-Stokeby" nor, as Fay mentioned, "E A
Poe", and your example "syl·la·ble" could scarcely be allowed to be
In the usual displays or print-outs, lines are split when a certain
maximum (column) length is about to be exceeded. The display and
print routines scan back to the most recent space or hyphen and split
the line there. In cases of proper names, technical terms, and other
entities that should not be separated, one resorts to the so-called
non-breaking space and non-breaking hyphen, that do not allow the line
(character string) to be split.
There are of course, many more problems! What to do with what is
called a Gedankenstrich in German - used to introduce an aside of
sorts - which is certainly not an acceptable point at which to split a
line. I suppose it COULD be rendered by the sequence
word/non-breaking space/non-breaking hyphen/non-breaking space/word
preventing a line split anywhere within this sequence, IF indeed, we
had a non-breaking hyphen.
The non-breaking hyphen does exist in the real-computer world, but
seems to be lacking in the PC (Pseudo-Computer) world.
BTW - I have a problem with "the right justification process".
I assume that you were thinking of right-justified text and not of the
most suitable process for creating it (the right/correct justification
process)? I'm being picky, I know - it's for dramatic effect! LOL
Careful use of hyphens can greatly improve the ease of readability of
a text and in certain cases even prevent misconceptions.
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