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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The solution was to represent the hyphen by two different characters, alike on the screen but behaving differently: the now-familiar 'hard hyphen' and 'soft hyphen'.
253), which means, presumably, 'where the editors deem it to be a hard hyphen'; in short, where the editors have had no choice but to make a decision and have chosen to keep it.
Since the note goes on to say, 'Clearly the hyphenated form is normal', one may deduce that the unhyphenated instance appeared as two separate words, otherwise there would be no majority in favour of the hard hyphen; but 'clearly' seems something of an overstatement.