Re: how to create automated meaning preserving abbreviations?

From: André Szabolcs Szelp (
Date: Wed Jul 22 2009 - 17:48:20 CDT

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    While your point might be valid in a number of cases, the very example you
    bring seems somewhat strained. Is it indeed the term you want to use in your
    UI? It would probably confuse your users more than not.
    "Nick(name)", as used in the web alias sense is never ever rendered as
    "Spitzname" in German. "Spitzname" is only used for the informal use of a
    name in real life, not "nicks" of the virtual world.
    Also, while not knowing your planned application, "nickname password" seems
    overspecified, as there will be seldom more than one password involved
    within one context/view of the app/UI, so "password" alone should suffice


    2009/7/22 Alexander Kempgen <>

    > Hi,
    > I was wondering if there are format characters or other ways to mark parts
    > of a word or words, that can automatically be shortened, if the text has to
    > fit in a smaller space when displayed in a software application.
    > Example:
    > I'm currently working on the German localization of an iPhone application
    > which can be used in portrait and landscape mode, the latter offering more
    > horizontal space for longer single line strings in the gui.
    > An example string for this is "Spitznamen-Kennwort" (nickname password).
    > While this fits nicely in landscape, it does not fit in portrait mode and
    > the system will automatically shorten it to "Spitznamen…", which leaves out
    > important information.
    > The abbreviation i would like to use in portrait is "Spitzn.-Kennw.".
    > So my question is, is there a way to mark the long word like
    > "Spitzn(amen/.)-Kennw(ort/.)" so the system will know where to shorten it in
    > order to create a meaning preserving abbreviation? Or is this out of the
    > scope of Unicode?
    > Thanks,
    > Alexander Kempgen

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