Punctuation: hyphens

punctuation soft hyphen hyphenation catchword delimiter

For most transcriptional purposes it is useful to distinguish between hard hypens and soft hyphens:

In cases where it is difficult to tell whether a line-end hyphen is soft or hard, the encoder will need to look through the rest of the text (or the rest of the author’s oeuvre, or some other relevant set of documents with which the example is assumed to be consistent) for other instances of the word in question. If no other examples can be found, the assumption should be that the hyphen is hard.

The TEI provides a method for describing the project’s approach with respect to hyphenation

Hyphens in catchwords should always be encoded as hard hyphens, since a catchword is never involved in relineation (not being part of a line), and so will never need to be unhyphenated.