Re: Proposing a DOUBLE HYPHEN punctuation mark

From: Richard Wordingham (
Date: Tue Jan 23 2007 - 15:16:09 CST

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    Adam Twardoch wrote on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 5:02 PM

    > On a related note: in Polish typesetting practice, hard hyphens are always
    > promoted to the next line if soft hyphens occur in the text. So if I have
    > a sentence "Tam wisi czerwono-niebieska flaga" and the optimal line break
    > occurs where the hard hyphen already exists, the text will be hyphenated
    > like this:
    > Tam wisi czerwono-
    > -niebieska flaga.
    > AFAIK, this practice is not widespread in other languages, though may
    > exist in some.

    It's a fairly obvious innovation. I used it as an English teenager, and I
    don't recall copying it from anywhere. I don't recall any teachers
    commenting on my use of it.


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