proposal for new character 'soft/preferred line break'

Richard Wordingham richard.wordingham at
Mon Feb 10 13:49:03 CST 2014

On Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:53:37 +0200
"Jukka K. Korpela" <jkorpela at> wrote:

> The <wbr> tag (an old nonstandard tag, now being standardized in
> HTML5) would not have been needed if browsers had supported U+200B.
> It is nowadays debatable which one should be used (U+200B has the
> disadvantage of not being supported by IE 6, a still somewhat
> significant point).

U+200B has the distinct advantage of being a character, and therefore
readily travelling with the words it separates.  It's quite a useful
character when dealing with inadequate or non-existent dictionaries for
languages that don't have visible separators between words or,
depending on line-breaking practice, syllables.


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