> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob_Hallissy@sil.org [SMTP:Bob_Hallissy@sil.org]
> Sent: Monday, April 06, 1998 12:02 PM
> To: Unicode List
> Subject: non-latin hyphenation?
> Perhaps some of you know, or know of a good source for this info:
> The background:
> In most languages that use Latin script, words may be broken (at
> certain allowed places) at the end of a line. We call this
> hyphenation, and the hyphen character is usually displayed at the end
> of the line to indicate the word is broken.
> I know that in some non-Latin scripts, words can be broken across a
> line but no symbol is used to indicate this. I believe many languages
> based on Ethiopic script behave this way.
> The question:
> What other conventions exist for denoting an unusual (e.g.,
> middle-of-word) line break? In particular, are there any natural
> languages that denote a word break by a mark at the beginning of the
> *second* line (rather than at the end of the first)?
> (At this point, I'm not interested in the algorithms needed to
> identify available inter-word break points, but rather how such breaks
> are displayed.)
> Bob Hallissy
> Summer Institute of Linguistics
[Hohberger, Clive P.]
I remember that back about 30 years ago, when letters were typed
word processed, it was considered stylish in typing Italian to
right margins. In order to do this, if a word had to be broken
across a line,
the last letter on the current line was simply underlined to
the word was continued at the start of the next line.
The underline character served the function of a hyphen. Note
words were broken anywhere, whenever the right margin occured,
with no attempt to break at syllables.
This always seemed to me to emminently sensible way to write
text with a typewriter, especially when non-proportional spaced
fonts were used, as it gave straight right margins with little
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