The hy­phen­ation al­go­rithm used by wp-​Typography is based on the 1983 Stan­ford Ph.D. the­sis of pro­fes­sor Frank Liang: Word Hy-​phen-​a-​tion by Com-​puter. In this the­sis, Dr. Liang al­so de­vel­oped an Eng­lish (Unit­ed States) pat­tern file for use with his al­go­rithm. Liang’s Eng­lish pat­tern file was up­dat­ed in 1991 by Pe­ter Bre­it­en­lohn­er. The re­sult­ing al­go­rithm — with the Eng­lish (Unit­ed States) pat­terns — finds 90% of all al­lowed hy­phen­ation points iden­ti­fied in the Webster’s Unabridged Dic­tio­nary with a 0% er­ror rate. Pat­terns for many ad­di­tion­al lan­guages have been de­vel­oped by oth­ers and vary in qual­i­ty.Read More →

It de­pends on the search en­gine. Google and Ya­hoo prop­er­ly han­dle the soft-​hyphen char­ac­ter. Mi­crosoft and Ask im­prop­er­ly treat soft-​hyphens as word breaks. For­tu­nate­ly, Google and Ya­hoo com­prise more than 90% of the search mar­ket. Be­cause Word­Press search queries the data­base — and hy­phen­ation is not stored to the database-​local search is not af­fect­ed.Read More →

The soft-​hyphen is an in­vis­i­ble char­ac­ter that com­mu­ni­cates to web browsers al­low­able line breaks with­in words. When a web brows­er wraps a line at a soft-​hyphen, a hy­phen is shown at line’s end. Sim­i­lar to the soft-​hyphen, the zero-​space char­ac­ter com­mu­ni­cates al­low­able line breaks with­in strings of text. But un­like the soft-​hyphen, it does not show a hy­phen at line’s end. This is ide­al for forc­ing con­sis­tent wrap­ping of long URLs. It al­so can be used to force line breaks in un­co­op­er­a­tive web browsers af­ter hard-​hyphens in words like “zero-​space” and “soft-​hyphen”.Read More →

Hy­phen­ation in­creas­es the vi­su­al ap­peal of your web­site. When jus­ti­fy­ing text with­out hy­phen­ation, word spac­ing is dis­tract­ing­ly large. With left-​aligned text, the right edge will be un­nec­es­sar­i­ly ragged.Read More →

wp-​Typography has multi-​language sup­port. Pat­tern li­braries are in­clud­ed for: Afrikaans, Ar­men­ian, Basque, Bul­gar­i­an, Cata­lan, Chi­nese Pinyin (Latin), Croa­t­ian, Czech, Dan­ish, Dutch, Eng­lish (Unit­ed King­dom), Eng­lish (Unit­ed States), Es­ton­ian, Finnish, French, Gali­cian, Geor­gian, Ger­man, Ger­man (Tra­di­tion­al), Greek (An­cient), Greek (Mod­ern Mo­not­o­n­ic), Greek (Mod­ern Poly­ton­ic), Hin­di, Hun­gar­i­an, Ice­landic, In­done­sian, In­ter­lin­gua, Irish, Ital­ian, Latin, Latin (Clas­si­cal), Latin (Litur­gi­cal), Lat­vian, Lithuan­ian, Marathi, Mon­go­lian (Cyril­lic), Nor­we­gian, Oc­c­i­tan, Oriya, Pan­jabi, Pol­ish, Por­tuguese, Ro­man­ian, Russ­ian, San­skrit, Ser­bian (Cyril­lic), Ser­bocroa­t­ian (Cyril­lic), Ser­bocroa­t­ian (Latin), Slo­vak, Sloven­ian, Span­ish, Swedish, Tamil, Tel­ugu, Thai, Turk­ish, Turk­men, Ukrain­ian, and Welsh.Read More →

Re­cent brows­er ver­sions sup­port the hy­phens CSS prop­er­ty to en­able hy­phen­ation. If you want to the fin­er con­trol over hy­phen­ation that wp-​Typography of­fers, make sure that the your theme stylesheet does not con­tain (or one of its vendor-​prefixed vari­ants like -webkit-​hyphens). If you can’t re­move the prop­er­ty from the theme’s stylesheet, make sure to add in a child theme stylesheet or wp-Typography’s in­ject­ed CSS. (Don’t for­get the vendor-​prefixed vari­a­tions!)Read More →

This plu­g­in in­cludes hy­phen­ation pat­terns for over 50 lan­guages. Please make sure your website’s pri­ma­ry lan­guage is se­lect­ed. wp-​Typography pref­er­ences can be set in the Word­Press ad­min sec­tion un­der Set­tings > wp-​Typography.Read More →