proposal for new character 'soft/preferred line break'

Jukka K. Korpela jkorpela at
Mon Feb 10 14:41:37 CST 2014

2014-02-10 21:49, Richard Wordingham wrote:

> U+200B has the distinct advantage of being a character, and therefore
> readily travelling with the words it separates.

Granted, but it’s still a character that the rendering software needs to 
know and support in order to have the desired effect. As I mentioned, 
some legacy software try to render it as a graphic character, with poor 
results. In contrast, in HTML, the <wbr> tag is safe in the sense that 
when it does not work (some modern browser have oddities in this 
respect), it gets ignored

> 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.

That is correct. Yet, it needs to be supported by the relevant software.


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