[tex-hyphen] US English patterns in hyph-en-us.pat.txt are buggy
roozbeh at google.com
Fri Jun 9 22:45:19 CEST 2017
Thanks. Just reported to https://github.com/hyphenation/tex-hyphen/issues/15
On Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 1:41 PM, Arthur Reutenauer <
arthur.reutenauer at normalesup.org> wrote:
> Hi Roozbeh,
> > First post to the list, reporting a bug. Please point me to the bug
> > if there is one.
> The hyphenation patterns are now hosted on GitHub, and you can open an
> issue there (https://github.com/hyphenation/tex-hyphen), but I’m happy
> to reply here:
> > Debugging an Android user report, I found that Android was hyphenating
> > words "democrat" and "democrats" incorrectly, as:
> > de-mo-c-rat
> > de-moc-rats
> Thank for the bug report. That does look bad :-)
> > Digging deeper, the source of the problem seems to be the following
> > in hyph-en-us.pat.txt:
> > 5moc1ra1t
> > That pattern seems to not exist in Plain TeX's pattern file for US
> > The other patterns applying to those words, all existing in Plain TeX,
> > 1mo
> > 4mocr
> > 5crat.
> > I think the source of the problem is that the authors of the extended
> > pattern file derived the modified patterns based on TUGboat's exception
> > list, they created that "5moc1ra1t" pattern based on the word
> > "de-moc-ra-tism" and didn't notice that adding it would cause "democrat"
> > and "democrats" to be hyphenated incorrectly.
> I agree with that analysis, that’s indeed a common problem when adding
> patterns to a list generated by patgen, as the en-US patterns have.
> > I believe as a temporary solution, the US English hyphenation patterns
> > should be restored to the Plain TeX version, and the exception list
> > get extended to include everything in
> > http://mirror.ctan.org/info/digests/tugboat/hyphenex/ushyphex.tex.
> I don’t think we’d like to do that, but we’ll think of a solution, and
> thank you again for reporting the issue.
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