soft hyphen

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Noun[edit]

soft hyphen (plural soft hyphens)

  1. the symbol represented by code U+00AD. It is defined by Unicode as a generally invisible character that allows manual specification of a place where a hyphenated break is allowed without forcing a line break in an inconvenient place if the text was later reflowed.

Usage notes[edit]

The interpretation of this character varies among standards and some text systems. Unicode defines it incompatibly with ISO 8859-1 which defines it as "[a] graphic character that is imaged by a graphic symbol identical with, or similar to, that representing hyphen, for use when a line break has been established within a word." [1]