Hyphenation

Hyphenation can be used when preparing a Bible for printing.

It allows for more efficient usage of paper, and for more regular appearance of margins at the end of the lines without requiring spacing adjustments.

The details of hyphenating properly are complex and dependent on the language, and can interact with other orthographic and typesetting practices.

Hyphenation may not be so important when preparing a Bible for proofreading. It is usually regarded important for production quality Bibles.


When preparing a Bible in LibreOffice, OpenOffice, AbiWord, en so on, the wordprocessor itself provides hyphenation algorithms for many languages.

If no suitable hyphenation algorithm can be used, perhaps Bibledit can assist to a limited degree.


Bibledit can take the data from a Bible, insert soft hyphens in the words according to a certain algorithm, and then save this data as a new Bible.

This new Bible can then be exported to OpenDocument format, and opened in a wordprocessor.

The wordprocessor sees these soft hyphens. When a soft hyphen occurs near the end of the line, it breaks the word there.


Bibledit has one hyphenating algorithm. When there is a transition in the text from any character of a first set of characters, to any character of a second set of characters, then the soft hyphen will be inserted at that location in the text.


First set of characters:

Second set of characters:

Enter the sets of characters, and press Save.


The Bible where the data will be taken from is: NdebeleTeam

The Bible where the hyphenated data will be written to is: NdebeleTeam-hyphenated


Insert the soft hyphens according to the settings and view the progress in the Journal.