Re: 00B7 vs. 2027

From: Jukka K. Korpela (
Date: Sat Sep 18 2010 - 11:34:26 CDT

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    Michael Everson wrote:

    > On 18 Sep 2010, at 16:36, abysta wrote:
    >> I need a dot to separate words into syllables. What should I use,
    >> 00B7 or 2027, and why?
    > MIDDLE DOT vs HYPHENATION POINT, eh? I've always assumed the latter
    > functioned as a dot-shaped hyphen.

    Surely U+2027 HYPHENATION POINT is the character that is intended for use as
    a visible indication of hyphenation opportunity to the human reader. Unicode
    names do not specify fixed meaning as such, but in the absence of
    information to the contrary, they can be assumed to convey the general idea
    of the character.

    U+2027 is definitely a visible character. If you wanted an invisible
    hyphenation hint (to be recognized by software, not humans), use U+00AD SOFT
    HYPHEN, but beware that support to it is far from universal, though

    U+00B7 MIDDLE DOT is semantically ambiguous and has (partly therefore)
    varying renderings, and it might be used as a replacement for U+2027 if the
    latter cannot be used reliably.


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