[tex-live] changed hyphenation after update to texlive 2012

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Sat Jul 14 01:15:55 CEST 2012

Hi Achim,

    I've just updated from texlive 2007 to texlive 2012 

Turns out the actual change happened in 2008.

    Is this a bug in pdftex or is my
    installation messed up?

As far as I can discern, it is the 2007 texlive that is wrong here.

Starting with your test document:

and changing the line
  \showhyphens{\showthe\language consequence}

shows that \language is zero in the 2007 tl, which is of course the
US (not UK) English patterns, and con-se-quence is expected in US English.

In 2008, by contrast, \language is 50 for me, presumably UK English
(although I didn't actually check), and thus con-sequence is expected.
In every year 2008--2012 inclusive, I get nonzero \language and

I did not attempt to trace where the actual problem was occurring in
2007 -- presumably some unfortunate combination of TL and babel
interfaces.  Lacking a time machine, there's nothing to be done about it
in any case, seems to me.


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