[tex-hyphen] a question about "office"

Barbara Beeton bnb at ams.org
Thu Feb 4 20:28:25 CET 2016

dear pablo,

you wrote,

    according to http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/office, US
    English hyphenation for "office" should be "of-fice",

this is definitely correct.

    Well, I tried to check this with ConTeXt and I get "office". I don?t
    know whether there is an issue with this.

there are a couple of things involved:
 - the english hyphenation patterns
   have to be loaded;
 - the setting \lefthyphenmin=2 has
   to be set.

    Could anyone confirm me which are the hyphenation points in US English
    for "office"? (Sorry, I don?t have LaTeX installed.)

this doesn't need latex; the "original"
tex will suffice.  to test:
 - at the command line, enter  tex
 - at a ** prompt, enter  \relax <cr>
 - \showhyphens{office} <cr>
that will show the expected hyphenation.

you said you didn't have latex installed,
but didn't mention tex itself.  since you
have context installed, you probably have
tex; if you don't, this formula won't help,
but it's what i did to check.

    Many thanks for your help,

i'm not a member of the "hyphenation
group", but i *am* the keeper of the
(u.s.) english hyphenation exceptions
list, so this interests me.
					-- bb


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