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Regarding the hyphenation - hyphenation does not necessarily break between syllables (as in "stapl·er" here) but it is meant to be such that you can pronounce the part of the word at the end of the line correctly even before you see the rest of it at the beginning of the following line. I think "sta·pler" would make you say "st{" rather than "steI", while "stapl·er" looks ugly; "stap·ler" would have the same problem as "sta·pler". Then again, I haven't checked any reference works to see which, if any, is correct. — Paul G 09:26, 17 Sep 2004 (UTC)

I agree that both look odd but since syllable final /{/ does not occur in English, I would choose "sta‧pler".
On a related note, I highly recommend using the character U+2027 HYPHENATION POINT, "‧" rather than the Catalan U+00B7 MIDDLE DOT "·". Check this discussion. — Hippietrail 09:41, 17 Sep 2004 (UTC)