Re: Proposing a DOUBLE HYPHEN punctuation mark

From: Jukka K. Korpela (
Date: Thu Jan 25 2007 - 13:20:50 CST

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    On Wed, 24 Jan 2007, Philippe Verdy wrote:

    >>>> Tam wisi czerwono-
    >>>> -niebieska flaga.
    - -
    > Isn't this example encodable simply by using a regular SHY followed by
    > an the orthographic hard HYPHEN?

    As mentioned in another message, a normal ("hard") hyphen tends to allow a
    line break after it, so the break will probably appear in a wrong

    However, you could use SOFT HYPHEN followed by NON-BREAKING HYPHEN. This
    seems to work, in a sense, in some programs, but there's a presentational
    problem. The glyph for NON-BREAKING HYPHEN often differs from the glyph
    for SOFT HYPHEN when visible. The difference is rather noticeable. In
    Times New Roman for example, NON-BREAKING HYPHEN is considerably longer,
    almost like an en dash.

    Jukka "Yucca" Korpela,

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