soft hyphen

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soft hyphen (plural soft hyphens)

  1. (computing, typography) A generally invisible text character marking a point where hyphenation can occur without forcing a line break in an inconvenient place if the text is 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]