[tex-hyphen] String preparation

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Thu May 26 20:03:54 CEST 2016

On 5/26/2016 7:05 PM, Élie Roux wrote:
>> the problem with that is that we get a more and more complex routine
>> which degrades performance, makes it hard to configure and explain,
>> even not intuitive
> I don't agree but ok
>> anyway, because in a glyph the left/right fields store the current
>> values of left and right hyphenmin it's not too hard to run over the
>> list using a callback and adapt that value (the first one in a word)
>> - identify start of word
> That looks like a huge overhead and a fragile algorithm... But in a
> first step it can be done quickly indeed.

the overhead is not that huge and the more advanced typography one 
wants, the more overhead there is anyway; also, adding more and more 
tricks to the engine (end there is no end to what users want) makes that 
code more complex, also consumes memory and eventually also gives overhead

(fyi: context has a pure lua hyphenator and that one is not that much 
slower than the built in one)

>> - look at left value of the first glyph - see if there is a char in
>> the #left glyphs that you want to count more or less times - and
>> adapt the left value accordingly
> Well, if it's easy to configure and explain, and intuitive (which is not
> obvious to me), that looks like a good solution indeed. But if changing
> the left value of the glyph node works, I think the manual should be
> changed, as it states "the frozen \lefthyphenmnin value" (section
> According to what you say, the value is not frozen, is it?

well, it gets frozen (stored) in the glyph node as some more language 
specific properties (in a similar fashion a penalty gets stored in a 
disc node) ... in traditional tex the values current when the pas gets 
built are used (which basically means: not frozen)


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