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No break space and soft hyphen

Post by Mike Thompson » Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:49 pm

These two characters in my fonts show up with grey backgrounds in a wordprocessor:
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Grey background for two characters
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This is with Vista and Application Open office Writer 4.0.1

In Word 2007, it's a bit different with no grey background, but the soft hyphen is not seen at all!

Do I need these characters in my font?

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Re: No break space and soft hyphen

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:40 am

The grey background in OpenOffice depends on the setting for non-printing characters. If it's enabled, you will see the grey background.

They are not essential characters. I think you will find that you can still insert those characters in your word-processor if the current font does not included them.

The glyphs are usually identical to space and hyphen apart from their code-points, and I cannot think of any reason to make them different.
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Re: No break space and soft hyphen

Post by Mike Thompson » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:37 pm

Thanks Bhikkhu
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Re: No break space and soft hyphen

Post by honest.bern » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:45 am

I think Word 2007 is treating the soft hyphen correctly: most of the time it [i]should[/i] be invisible!

If you want a hyphen to show all the time you should use a normal hyphen.

If you want a long word to break at the right point at the end of a line, that is when you want to insert the soft hyphen.

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