Perhaps using <w> to wrap the whole of 'hello' would do the trick for you?

Your proposed <wb/> seems not to be similar to line break at all as it occurres not before a word at all but next to a space you wish to cancel ;-)

Brief, from my phone, apologies.

Magdalena

29 sie 2016 15:34 "Gioele Barabucci" <[log in to unmask]> napisał(a):
Hello,

the current guidelines contain `<lb>` and `<pb>` elements for line and page breaks. Could TEI introduce `<wb>` as well?

The practical use case I have is not precisely for `<wb/>`, but for `<wb break="no"/>`. Let me explain. There are many cases in which the markup and the formatting of the markup introduces unwanted spaces, for example

```
She said hel<add>l<note>In a first printed draft the second "l" is not present</note></add>o to her son.
```

could be reformatted into the more readable

```
She said hel
    <add>
        l
        <note>In a first printed draft the second "l" is not present</note>
    </add>
    o to her son.
```

(This is actually a simplification of the concrete case we are dealing with, with two more layers of nested elements and in which some indentation is unavoidable.)

You case see that the normalized text of the second snippet, once the note is taken out of the text, is "She said hel l o to her son".

It would be nice to have a way to tell the XML applications that will read this file to ignore certain spaces in certain cases, for example this one.

One could, for example, write this as

```
She said hel
    <wb break="no"/>
    <add>
        l
        <note>In a first printed draft the second "l" is not present</note>
    </add>
    <wb break="no"/>
    o to her son.
```

or some variation on the theme.

I am pretty sure that other groups must have already been bitten by this issue. Has this topic been discussed in the past?

Regards,

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