Hyphenation rules

02/02/2009 - 10:50 von Jan Hauke Rahm | Report spam

Dear l10n-english team,

I'm working on the german translation of the release notes and found
some english words that were hyphenated -- and probably wrong. To avoid
hyphenation (or correct it) Martin inserted a de/hyphenation.tex file
where we can specify hyphenation for words that don't fit german
hyphenation rules.
At the moment we have this list:

apt-file
Sarge
sarge
uname
up-grade
Project
Debian
Documentation
LXDE
Initrd
Initrds
aptitude
stable
Stable
Identifier
deborphan
debfoster

This list is everything but complete, it just contains words that were
actually hyphenated in our release-notes.pdf.

Since I have absolutely no idea of hyphenation in English I'd like you
to correct this list. I'm not sure if you hyphenate e.g. "Debian" at
all. Please mail me and keep the CC.

TIA,
Hauke





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#1 Justin B Rye
02/02/2009 - 14:20 | Warnen spam
Jan Hauke Rahm wrote:
Dear l10n-english team,



I know nothing much about TeX hyphenation algorithms, and the style
of hyphenation I'm accustomed to is en_GB rather than en_US, so I'll
probably be of limited assistance here - anyone else about?

I'm working on the german translation of the release notes and found
some english words that were hyphenated -- and probably wrong. To avoid
hyphenation (or correct it) Martin inserted a de/hyphenation.tex file
where we can specify hyphenation for words that don't fit german
hyphenation rules.
At the moment we have this list:

apt-file



Already has a hyphen in the only place you can put one. (I'll use
"·" to represent "soft" hyphens below.)

Sarge
sarge



Unhyphenatable.

uname



Unhyphenatable (it would be "u·name"; one-letter prefixes before the
linebreak aren't allowed).

up-grade



That should be "up·grade".

Project



I'd be inclined to distinguish the verb, to pro·ject, from the noun,
a proj·ect, but I have no idea if that's correct, and I can't see
how TeX would automate it.

Debian



Deb·ian would probably be okay.

Documentation



Doc·u·ment·a·tion?

LXDE



A four-letter acronym, so double unhyphenatable.

Initrd
Initrds



Tricky. Probably unhyphenatable.

aptitude



apt·i·tude?

stable
Stable



I suppose it has to be sta·ble.

Identifier



Iden·ti·fier?

deborphan



deb·or·phan? The second one is arguable.

debfoster



deb·fos·ter, ditto. It might even be sensible to declare all
package and command names unhyphenatable.
JBR with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package


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