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Re: \: re-enables hyphenation--should it?

From: Dave Kemper
Subject: Re: \: re-enables hyphenation--should it?
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 17:41:06 -0500

On 7/31/20, Larry Kollar <> wrote:
> It’s a space, which I would presume ends a word. A zero-width space,
> by definition, but still a space.

I suppose that depends where you're getting your definition.  The
groff(7) man page and the Texinfo manual define \: as a "zero-width
break point," which does not suggest the observed behavior in the way
your alternate definition does.

groff(7) calls \& a "non-printable, zero-width glyph" but the Texinfo
manual calls it a "zero-width space."  However, \& does not have the
hyphenation-resetting property that \: does.

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