soft hyphen


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soft hyphen

A hyphen that prints if it winds up at the end of the line, but does not print otherwise. Contrast with hard hyphen. See discretionary hyphen.
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Admittedly, the editor may be using the first printed text as his copy-text, and the printer may not have followed the author's punctuation faithfully; but still nothing is actually going to be added or deleted: a soft hyphen is a product of the justification, not of the text.
I have anticipated the first objection by suggesting above that soft hyphens are a product of the justification, not of the text.
For other languages, if the translated text contains lengthy words, you can insert soft hyphens between syllables that will appear only if the text needs to break where the hyphens have been placed.