[whatwg] Hyphenation

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Feb 10 02:14:48 PST 2009

On Tue, 9 Jan 2007, Øistein E. Andersen wrote:
> Hyphenation does not seem to have been discussed on this list so far, 
> and I think it should be.
> Old proposal:
>     [2] http://www.nada.kth.se/i18n/html/hyph.html

While I appreciate the problems faced by Swedish, German, and othes, I 
don't think this is a big enough problem to deserve solutions more 
complicated than the soft hyphen at this time.

Given that Unicode provides soft hyphen semantics and CSS provides the 
rendering rules, I don't think there is anything much for HTML5 to say on 
the matter at this time.

This thread included many further e-mails discussing the subject. I agree 
with most of the points made. There did not seem to be a consensus that 
this is something that HTML5 should do anything about. If hyphenation 
dictionaries are to be used, it seems CSS would be the best place for 
them. I haven't done anything in HTML5 to handle them.

As usual, please let me know if there is something I missed.

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