"Jörg Knappen" wrote: > TeX can hyphenate such a word, depending on the patterns available. E.g., > given the pattern a1 (There is always a good break point after the letter a) > it will happily hyphenate the a word containing the sequence a<xqqyn>. Ah, ys, so it can. I had overlooked that. Thank you, Jörg. ** Phil.