Re: No Invisible Character - NBSP at the start of a word

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Wed Nov 24 2004 - 16:23:04 CST

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    On 24/11/2004 22:00, Asmus Freytag wrote:

    > ...
    > The sequence SPACE NBSP *does* not allow a break after the SPACE under
    > the line breaking rules we publish in UAX#14.
    > The common usage in HTML, is to use one or more NBSP followed by SPACE
    > to mark a wider space, that allows a break at the end. NBSPs are not
    > coalesced with other spaces.
    >> In the Hebrew case, it is probably necessary to precede the NBSP with
    >> RLM to ensure that the NBSP and combining mark are taken with the
    >> rest of the word as right-to-left. Does this inserted RLM affect the
    >> situation with HTML, XML etc?
    > You are always free to surround the NBSP with other format characters,
    > such as RLM or ZWSP, to tailor whatever behavior those format
    > characters affect.
    Thank you.

    What if I used the sequence <RLM, NBSP, combining mark>? Would I then
    get a break opportunity before the RLM, if it is preceded by SPACE?
    Presumably LRM could be used similarly if the same situation occurs in a
    left-to-right language.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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