[tex-hyphen] Why does "\-" not work?

Barbara Beeton bnb at ams.org
Sat Aug 20 17:16:48 CEST 2016

On Sat, 20 Aug 2016, Adrian Fronda wrote:

    Dear all,

    I apologise for being a beginner to LaTeX and asking a question which in the eyes of many might appear stupid. 

    Anyway, I need some help with hyphenating, and I think this is the best place for asking questions of that nature. 

without actual text to experiment with,
it's difficult to actually do anything.
however, i noticed one thing:  you have
specified british hyphenation with babel,
but you haven't chosen a language to use
in the processing.  the babel documentation
should tell you how to do that.  even so,
i'm a bit surprised that \- doesn't do
anything useful.

phil taylor has, in another message,
explained why \hyphenation{word} in the
text doesn't give the desired result.
					-- bb

    I have a root file containing the following:
    \documentclass[14pt, oneside, a4paper]{book}
    \author{\href{mailto:Adrian at TransnationalRepublic.org}{Adrian\ Fisipojakene}}
    No hyphenation happens spontaneously in the included files. If I use ?\-?, again, no hyphenation happens where it should. If I use \hypenation{word} inline, then the whole word disappears. I'd very much prefer to be able to use ?\-?, but I would put up with any other solution. 
    Can anybody help?
    Many thanks

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