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Re: [Groff] Permissible characters for hyphenation

From: Steffen (Daode) Nurpmeso
Subject: Re: [Groff] Permissible characters for hyphenation
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:29:30 +0200
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Stephen Berman <address@hidden> wrote:
 |Does groff permit characters besides hyphen-minus (ASCII 45) and soft
 |hyphen (octal 255) for displaying hyphenation in man pages?  I'm asking

I have been convinced that soft hyphen is a control character and
not something visual, it should be used as a Ā«break-indicatorĀ»
rather than as a hyphenation character, interpretation of which is
left as an excercise for the processing software.  I have no idea
still but would guess groff uses "hyphen minus" U+002D or hyphen
U+2010 if Unicode is possible.

 |because the Emacs package man.el displays references to other man pages
 |(e.g. in the SEE ALSO section) as clickable links, but has a bug when
 |such a reference is hyphenated, and in trying to fix this bug the above
 |question arose (see
 |I'd be grateful for a definitive answer or at least a pointer to
 |relevant documentation.

Sorry.  Truly.


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