soft hyphen

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soft hyphen

n
(Computer Science) a hyphen, used in word processing to divide a word, which prints only when it appears at the end of a line. Also called: optional hyphen
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Still, it can hardly be doubted that hard hyphens were lost in the course of editing and printing, and the first edition displays innumerable cases of ambiguous line-end hyphenation in its citations,
We became aware of this problem when having the text re-keyed for the second edition, and asked the keyboarders to use a special code for line-end hyphens in quotations which may or may not have been true hard hyphens.