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Very nice! Thanks for the background - that was a good discussion, and nice to understand your 
concern about applying NPC treatment to a printing character.  There is a case to be made for some 
kind of visual discrimination (on the working screen, not the printed page) between typographically 
identical glyphs which behave differently, like breaking and non-breaking hyphen.

On 2021-03-24 16:38, V Stuart Foote wrote:
NPC -- Non-Printing Character [1]

The LibreOffice VCL canvas will apply "field" shading to a broad class of control and non-printing 
characters, we've asked to give them more distinction from fielded values [2]



From: John Kaufmann <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 2:21 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [libreoffice-users] Non-breaking dash/hyphen

Excellent! (I was wondering what happened to U+2011 as I investigated the "General Punctuation" 
group.) So it's just a matter of the Liberation family not covering the U+2011 codepoint - but a replacement 
glyph is provided. Thanks!

You used a term I don't recognize: "NPC".  My search turned up that it is a popular abbreviation for "non-playing character" 
in domains like WoW, Runelite and lots of other things of which I know nothing, but fortunately I don't think you used it in that context. I 
suspect it is close to that textually -- "non" <?> "character" -- but I decided I had best ask: ?

On 2021-03-24 14:56, V Stuart Foote wrote:
You've missed the one Unicode point that does exactly what you require, but its use will depend on 
the font in use.


You can enter via LibreOffice Special Character dialog, or LibreOffice's Unicode toggle. That is you can 
type U+2011 and then <Alt>+X to toggle the glyph.

If the font in use does not "cover" the codepoint, you'll get a fallback replacement or possibly 
the no glyph value for the font.

When added to canvas the non-breaking hyphen character will receive NPC highlighting.

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