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Re: Zero Width Space

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: Zero Width Space
Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2022 14:02:57 +0100

Hi Ingo,

> > - “no-op escape”
> But this one, or a variation thereof, might perhaps sever the knot.

This is the only one which seems useful, and continues a theme I went
for in another email.

> It avoids both the very misleading terminology "input break"

Yes, very misleading.

> It is usually not inserted for some effect it might have but merely to
> prevent an adjacent punctuation character from being the first
> character on an input line, the last character before an input ASCII
> space or tab character, or the last character on an input line.  Even
> when used to disable kerning (which i would expect to be rare, in
> particular compared to the other use cases), thinking along the lines
> of "let's have a no-op instead of kerning" or "let's insert a no-op
> because there will be no kerning between the adjacent characters and a
> no-op" would make sense to me.

A reminder, when thinking of all \&'s uses, that tbl(1) uses it to align
numeric columns.

Cheers, Ralph.

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