[sword-devel] Hyphens in book names

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Wed Sep 29 15:06:43 MST 2010

Seriously? Someone designed an orthography in which \x2D (hyphen-minus) 
is used as an alphabetic character? What's its phonemic value?

Hyphen-minus is simply not a letter. You can see its character 
properties at http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/2d/index.htm. 
Scroll down to see that the value of isLetter() is No. Hyphen-minus is 

Sword should not be modified to accommodate abuses of the Unicode 
Standard. If you can find a hyphen-like letter in the Unicode character 
repertoire, I would suggest changing to that (in all cases). Letters 
will indicate that they are letters in their character properties. If 
there is no such character, you should propose one to Unicode.


On 9/29/10 1:55 PM, Robert Hunt wrote:
> New Zealand.
> Hello all,
> I am spending today studying the documentation on the Crosswire Sword
> wiki so I'm likely to have a few questions. Please let me know if this
> is not the right forum to ask questions.
> I see in http://www.crosswire.org/wiki/DevTools:SWORD that localised
> book names are not allowed hyphens in them (because the hyphen is used
> for verse ranges). In the Philippine language that we worked with as
> Bible translators, the hyphen is a letter in the alphabet and appears in
> several book names!
> Is this still a current limitation? If so, what is the suggested
> work-around.
> Thanks,
> Robert.
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