Originally Posted by ixtab
So, this is really just a minor question concerning the default settings of the hyphenation patch.
Should the default (minimal) "first syllable length" and "last syllable length" settings be left at 3 characters, or reduced to 2 characters? For most of the languages that I know, allowing two-character first syllables seems to make sense ("un-", "in-", "im-" prefixes), not sure about suffixes though (I tend to think that allowing for 2 characters also makes more sense for suffixes in most languages, but as said I'm not sure).
Keep in mind that these default settings are language-agnostic - so, what works in most (but possibly not all) languages should be the default. And of course, the setting can be changed according to individual preference anytime - I'm just asking what would be sensible defaults.
Thanks for your input!
Since it is based on rules and not on a dictionary it should be fine either way. The worst that can happen if leaving it at 3 is that it hyphenate less than it could. That, I think, would happen if the word is too long, and it might find a spot to cut it later. JBPatch is a tool to customize - and it should be up to each individual which setting is the right one. So I vote for leave it at 3.
Question about the inside of the hyphenation: does it simply cut the word and add a "-" or does it change the word when needed? Can't think of an example right now, but in German sometimes "...CK..." changes into "...K - K ..." if you hyphenate (unless the changed the grammar in the last decade).