[sword-devel] Soft hyphens?

David Haslam d.haslam at ukonline.co.uk
Fri Apr 24 02:59:00 MST 2009

My question was prompted by recent discussions in the context of mobile
phones with narrow displays.
Equally valid to ponder in the context of narrow windows on more
conventional platforms.

The longest two words in the English Bible are the proper names in Isaiah
8:1 (Mahershalalhashbaz) and Psalm 56 canonical title (Jonathelemrechokim).
However, in most translations these are usually hyphenated already,
(Maher-shalal-hash-baz , Jonathelem-rechokim).

Whether the treatment of hyphens (soft or hard) depends on the ingenuity of
the frontend programmer or the underlying OS call is also worth bearing in

-- David

Eeli Kaikkonen-2 wrote:
> Latest KHTML seems to support it and I guess therefore WebKit does, too. 
> Konqueror just doesn't show the hyphen character when breaking a word to 
> two lines, but it may be a font problem as well.
> See http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/shytest.html.
> BTW, I have thought about using soft hyphens. They would raise the 
> quality of the text display with narrow windows. E.g ancient Greek is 
> known for long (inflected) words and it shouldn't be very hard to add 
> hyphens programmatically.
> --Eeli Kaikkonen

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