Subject: Re: Man pages and hyphenation
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
Date: 11/26/1999 19:07:05
> Hyphenation in the man pages seems to be broken. Please note the
> "<AD>" in the last sentence of the second paragraph of the description.
> explained in the individual manuals. Traditionally, the value 0 signi<AD>
> fies successful completion of the command.
Character 0xAD in ISO 8859-1 is a hyphen character. (One reference I
have at ready hand calls 0xAD "HYPHEN" and 0x2D, the usual `-', "MINUS
SIGN". What happened to the other two common dashes - the en-dash and
the em-dash - is a possibly interesting but distinctly minor question.
Depending on things like your display device, why you're seeing "<AD>"
instead of the hyphen character may or may not be a further mystery.)
I'm particularly aware of this because I noticed it myself a while
back, that the catfiles were getting 0xad in them instead of 0x2d; I
sometimes use Latin-1-capable display devices and sometimes not, so I
noticed the difference.
Why the catfiles are ending up with 0xad instead of 0x2d, that's a good
question. But it's not as simple as "hyphenation is broken".
7D C8 61 52 5D E7 2D 39 4E F1 31 3E E8 B3 27 4B