From: Jukka K. Korpela (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Jan 17 2009 - 04:54:42 CST
Russ Stygall wrote:
> Microsoft Word12
What’s that? I suppose you mean Microsoft Office Word 2007, for which the
name “Word 12” is sometimes used, as if Microsoft’s own numbering schemes
weren’t confusing enough.
> does not agree with UAX#14
It’s very far from applying UAX #14. It doesn’t even use Unicode characters
for optional and nonbreaking hyphen but its own special codes.
It seems to treat U+2010 HYPHEN as a special character with no special line
breaking features (no automatic line break after it).
I don’t think any software should implement UAX #14 as such, except programs
specifically designed to test the effects of UAX #14. It is absurd, for
example, to break the expression “-1” after the HYPHEN-MINUS character.
Line breaking in word processors should primarily work by the rules of the
language of the text—and use UAX #14 just in special cases, such as breaking
a string containing special characters when needed (but not without
discretion–for example, I don’t think it’s ever acceptable to break
“/usr/var/spool/foobar” after the first occurrence of SOLIDUS.
-- Yucca, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
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