proposal for new character 'soft/preferred line break'

Markus Scherer at
Wed Feb 5 10:22:12 CST 2014

On Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM, Rhavin Grobert <rhavin at> wrote:

> Parallel to soft hyphen, a hyphen that is just inserted if the word was
> broken, it would be practical to have some way to tell browser: if you need
> to break the line, try here first. This would be really usefull for poems,
> music lines, adresses,…

That would be HTML <wbr> <> or U+200B

And it would be really easy to implement: there is no visual representation
> needed and if the right code-point is choosen, it would be
> downward-compatible to all systems not knowing of the new character.

Unlikely. There are some unassigned code points that are predefined with
but that is not supported everywhere.

Also, the implementation in browers would be very easy to acomplish.

Maybe. You could research how widely <wbr> and U+200B are supported. (I
don't have that data.)

Best regards,
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