Many thanks for the exemplary explanations, in particular the historical
background, and the reassurance that iso-8859-1 and unicode are not
divergent on the semantics of this particular character
Would it be fair to say, in summary, that using SHY and <lb/> in
combination to represent the hyphenation practice of early printers is
something the TEI should consider recommending?
On my reading, the only possible downside is that some rendering
software might decide (conceivably) to discard the SHY, or to change the
spelling of the hyphenated word, while still observing the linebreak
indicated by the <lb/> -- or even worse introduce *another* linebreak.
I note in passing that the draft TEI Tite documentation and the TEI in
Libraries "best practice" document both already make this recommendation.
Deborah W. Anderson wrote:
> Dear Kevin, Lou, Martin, and others who had written in about "SOFT HYPHEN"