[tex-hyphen] dehyph-exptl v0.20 RC1 (experimental German patterns)

Stephan Hennig mailing_list at arcor.de
Mon Jun 15 23:42:19 CEST 2009

Arthur Reutenauer schrieb:
>>> variety of                            orthography
>>> Standard German             traditional         reformed
>>> Germany            dehypht-x-<date>.pat         dehyphn-x-<date>.pat
>>> Austria              same as Germany              same as Germany
>>> Switzerland        dehyphts-x-<date>.pat          same as Germany
>   Thanks, Stephan, for the heads up; we'll update hyph-utf8 when your
> package is released.  Will there be patterns for the new spelling as
> used in Switzerland?

The "same as Germany" should read as "same as for Germany in the same
column."  That is, reformed orthography of Swiss Standard German is
supported by file dehyphn-x-<date>.pat.  The hyphenation rules of
Standard German in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have sufficiently
converged during the reform, so that that one file now supports reformed
orthography of all three supported standard varieties of the German
language.  For traditional orthography, only Standard German in Germany
and Austria are supported by the same pattern file.  The complementing
Swiss patterns have been added now.

> I remember Werner explaining in Vienna that according to the current
> Swiss rules, words like Strasse should be hyphenated Stra-sse,

That's the rule for traditional orthography in Germany and Austria for
the word Straße, if no Eszett is available, e.g., in all caps.  In
Switzerland there is no Eszett and the word Strasse is hyphenated Stras-se.

With the reform the rule changed in Germany and Austria, so that the
word Straße is now hyphenated Stras-se, too, in all caps.[1]  The word
list, the patterns are based upon, contains all words in Eszett- and
ss-spelling with the proper hyphenation, so that everybody should be fine.

Best regards,
Stephan Hennig

[1]  That makes for a new problem in LaTeX.  If one generates all caps
by \MakeUppercase instead of typing upper-case letters in the source
code, then ß or \SS (resulting in SS) are never hyphenated, which is
fine for traditional orthography in Germany and Austria, but wrong for
traditional orthography in Switzerland and wrong for reformed
orthography in all three countries.

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