Bidi reordering of soft hyphen
jonathan.rosenne at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 01:15:55 CDT 2014
Some papers are indeed doing this sporadically. It looks like it is up to
the individual writer. The samples I see are barely readable, incorrect and
unprofessional any way you look at them, and seem to derive from the use of
From: Simon Montagu [mailto:smontagu at smontagu.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 9:02 AM
To: Jonathan Rosenne; unicode at unicode.org
Subject: Re: Bidi reordering of soft hyphen
On 04/02/2014 02:12 AM, Jonathan Rosenne wrote:
> The use of soft hyphen is a cultural matter. In Hebrew, Classic and
> Israeli, soft hyphens are not used.
I don't understand this statement. Classic, yes, but in Israeli Hebrew soft
hyphens typically _are_ used in texts printed in relatively narrow justified
columns -- common examples are newspapers and encyclopædias.
(Or are we using terms differently? In any case, with respect to the
original question about where to position a soft hyphen in a line break in
the middle of a word in an opposite-direction run in bidirectional text, I
believe that it doesn't make a difference whether we are referring to U+00AD
SOFT HYPHEN, a hyphen automatically inserted by typesetting software, or a
hyphen inserted manually).
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