Hi there, I’m doing some character set research and wondering about the following two characters & whether they ought to be supported (and why, and how) – input welcome:
, aka shy or ­. The Microsoft Standards have a section on this
which reads like use of this is highly application-specific. Is it wise to include this character (I presume, as a component of the regular hyphen*), as it is (or can be) the thing used/displayed for automatic hyphenation in page layout applications? Any other reasons? Do browsers’ implementation of hyphenation display this glyph, or are they fine with the base hyphen glyph?
Also wondering if this should take a case-specific form if its hyphen/dash friends do.
(* Some Unicode lookup things display this with no outlines, but I wonder if that’s just an implementation question)
horizontalbar (uni2015). This is identical to the emdash in some fonts, and slightly shorter in others. I’m not quite clear on what this does. I’ve seen it referred to as a “quotation dash”, would that suggest anything in particular for its design? Wondering about the usefulness of supporting this at all, and any input on design parameters (including the need/usefulness of a case-sensitive form).