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

Sun Aug 21 19:05:18 CEST 2016

Dear all,

Both Barbara and Claudio were of the opinion that the mistake must be in the included files.
Indeed, I found out the following:

If before the word to be hyphenated I have the two subsequent commands:

\paragraph{ddd}
ddd
\flushleft

then that blocks any sort of hypenating. Commenting out any of these two commands solves the problem.

Many, many thanks to everybody,

> On 21 Aug 2016, at 13:40, Barbara Beeton <bnb at ams.org> wrote:
>
> On Sun, 21 Aug 2016, Adrian Fronda wrote:
>
>    Dear Barbara, dear Phil,
>
>    Thank you for your e-mails.
>    \selectlanguage{british}
>    in the root file before the inclusion of all files, but it did not help. No automatic hyphenating happens and no hypenating occurs when I use ?\-?.
>
>    Also when I follow Phil's remark and write
>    \hyphenation{im-pas-sive-ly} impassively
>    the word ?impassively? is not hyphenated as it should.
>
>    Do you have any other ideas? As I said, ideally I would prefer to use ?\-? to the more cumbersome \hyphenation{} command.
>
> perhaps it wasn't entirely clear --
> the \hyphenation{...} command is
> intended to be used *in the preamble*,
> where it will (is supposed to) affect
> *all* instances of the specified word(s)
> in the entire text.  so if a particular
> word occurs frequently near the end of
> a line, that is a more less labor
> intensive method.
>
> however, the failure of \- to work
> at all is very mysterious.
>
> like claudio, whose response i have now
> read, i constructed a small test file,
> but created the text myself, setting at
> the right margin a word whose hyphenatin
> is known to be faulty (or at least very
> peculiar) using the british patterns.
>
> as claudio found, there is no problem
> with any of the packages you load, so
> the problem must be in one of your text
> files.
> 					-- bb
>
> here is the test file i used:
>
> \documentclass[14pt, oneside, a4paper]{book}
>
> Fisipojakene}}
> \title{Beletristics}
> \date{\today}
>
> \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
> \usepackage[german,british]{babel}
> \selectlanguage{british}
> \usepackage{cjhebrew}
> \usepackage{graphicx}
>
> \usepackage{url}
> \usepackage[authoryear,round,semicolon]{natbib}
> \makeindex
>
> \usepackage{makeidx}
> \usepackage{lmodern}
>
> \usepackage{textcomp}
> \usepackage{verbatim}
>
> \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
> \usepackage[pdftex,unicode=true,%
> bookmarks,plainpages=false]{hyperref}
>
> \begin{document}
> \frontmatter
> \maketitle
>
> \mainmatter
>
> Here is some text that should occupy more than one line.  x The word
> alternate is placed to appear at the end of a line, where, according
> to the preloaded hyphenation rules (faulty) for British, it should be
> hyphenated incorrectly.
>
> Here is some text that should occupy more than one line.  x The word
> alter\-nate is placed to appear at the end of a line, where, according
> to the preloaded hyphenation rules (faulty) for British, it should be
> hyphenated incorrectly.
>
> Here is some text that should occupy more than one line.  The word
> alternate is placed to appear at the end of a line, where, according
> to the preloaded hyphenation rules (faulty) for British, it should be
> hyphenated incorrectly.
>
> \end{document}
>
>