Mozilla’s &SHYness Problem
Since I’ve given so much space to extolling the wonders of Mozilla, I thought it only fair to call out what appears to be one of the few times they have fallen down on standards compliance.
Yoz Grahame has the goods on Mozilla’s nonexistent support for the soft hyphen character,
. This character allows you to tell the browser where it should insert a hyphen and wrap to a new line if a word is too long for its containing element. Here are some examples if you’d like to see it in action.
When I say “see it in action”, though, I should qualify that you won’t see anything if you use any version of Mozilla. That’s because support for
just does not exist in Moz — even though it is explicitly required in the HTML 4.01 spec.
Non-compliance with HTML 4! What is this, 1999? You might think so from browsing the Bugzilla thread on this subject, which has actually been open since 1999 and is still (depressingly) tagged “NEW”.
Come on, people. Even IE knows what to do with this character. You can work it out.