[tex-live] language.def

Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Tue Jun 17 15:03:59 CEST 2008

David Kastrup wrote:

> Glancing over the code in tex.web I guess that lefthyphenmin and
> righthyphenmin are not consulted when compiling patterns, but merely
> when actually doing hyphenation.

To the best of my recollection (from work
on the UK hyphenation patterns) this is
correct, but when generating the source
".dic" file the expected values of
{left|right}hyphenmin are used.  What would
happen if there is a mismatch depends on
the direction of the mismatch : if the
actual value of *hyphenmin is less than the
value used to generate the ".dic" file,
then the value used to generate the ".dic"
file will effectively be used ; if greater,
the value of *hyphenmin will be used.

E & O E

Philip Taylor

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