The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Monday, March 25, 2019

It took thirty-odd years for web browsers to get automatic hypenation and almost a decade for me to notice

Automatic hyphenation on the web has been possible since 2011 and is now broadly supported. Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer 9 upwards support automatic hyphenation, as does Chrome on Android and MacOS (but not yet on Windows or Linux).

Via inks, All you need to know about hypenation in CSS | Clagnut by Richard Rutter

I had no idea that hyphenation has been supported for eight years now. And adding support was easy enough—I already mark the blog as being English so the only remaining bit was adding the bit of CSS to enable it. I've been manually (for various values of “manual”) hyphenation hints with the use of ­, such as when I mention FaceGoogleLinkedMyBookPlusInSpace or when I do my XXXXXXXX­XXXXX XXXXXXXX­XXX XXXXXXX censor bars.

Now, it looks like I don't have to do that anymore. Sweet!

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