[NTG-context] Critical Editions?

Arthur Rosendahl arthur.reutenauer at normalesup.org
Mon Jan 10 12:26:51 CET 2022

On Sun, Jan 09, 2022 at 11:46:44PM +0100, Hans Hagen via ntg-context wrote:
> On 1/9/2022 11:23 AM, hanneder--- via ntg-context wrote:
>> 1. In Sanskrit prose it is possible to produce compounds that span a few
>> lines. The concept of
>>     "word" or "word division" fails here, as are the TeX mechanisms.
>>     What we need in practice would be a "hyphenation" for the language
>> Sanskrit that hyphenates
>>     after all Sanskrit vowels (in transcription this would be a, ā, i,
>> ī, u, ū, ṛ, ḷ, e, o, ai, au. The
>>     last two cannot be split, "au" is one vowel with one vowel sign in
>> the original script). Of
>>     course, we want to improve this automatic spelling occasionally, so
>> we need to be able to insert
>>     a \- without thereby disabling the hyphenation for this compound.
>>     I think in critical editions the problem of the disabled hyphenation
>> also arises when a variant
>>     is added inside a word. In any case hyphenation is a real nuisance
>> in critical editions.
> hypenation ... so no patterns, just injecting discretionaries after specific
> vowels ... doable but it has to happen a some specific moment because when
> language bound it's too soon, and the font handler does some reshuffling; it
> can probabloy best be done after fonts have been done ... given specs a
> typical rainy weekend activity

  There are patterns, that implement almost exactly the kind of
automatic hyphenation Jürgen describes (see
They’re just not in the ConTeXt distribution ...


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