[OS X TeX] Hyphenation

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Sun Mar 27 08:49:09 EST 2005

On 27 mrt 2005, at 12:59, Hans van Maanen wrote:

> In the Dutch language macro dutch.dtx, we can use  "-  to hyphenate a 
> word while still enabling the rest of the word to be hyphenated, so 
> that common Dutch words like diphosphate-phosphohydrolase do not 
> result in underfull boxes.
> I would like to use this as standard behaviour, so that every  -  in 
> my text will be understood as  "- and has full hyphenation. I'm sure 
> it's just a \renewcommand somewhere, but I don't know how to do this.

Actually this is _very_ tricky, and there are good reasons not to do 
this. It would mean to make - active for the whole document. The 
standard babel module for dutch makes " active (as do many other 
language modules) and the side effects of this a re fairly well 
understood. making - active is not easy to do if you want to limit the 
side effects. It certainly isn't a simple \renewcommand (there is no 


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