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When a compound word is hyphenated, should a second hyphen he added at the beginning of the line? And what is the case for compound words connected by a dash instead of a hyphen?

Is one of the following correct, or the proper way is different?

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Remark: I'm not sure whether this depends on the traditions of this or that language. My primary interest is English, still if there are differences, I'd like to know about them.

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

c) is the right way the rest simply doesn't exist check

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It may be worth noting that it may sometimes be advantageous to use a non-breaking hyphen. For example, if one wishes to cover something again, a line break after "re-" could cause what should be a hyphenated "re-cover" to read as a non-hyphenated "recover". Use of a non-breaking hyphen might cause it to get broken as "re-cov- ... er" but that would ensure that the hyphen after "re-" was seen as a "real" hyphen. – supercat Aug 17 '14 at 19:34
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I've never see anyone do a) or b) ... c) is the way to go. I don't really have a lot of hard evidence to back it up, other than I've never seen the alternatives and InDesign doesn't do it.

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My bet would be that B and C might be either an older tradition or some Central European (German/Austrian) custom. I am Croatian and I found recently that newest orthography manual says this is how it is done in my language, although I don't remember that I've ever seen it in practice. Since many orthographic rules in Croatian were set way back when we where part of Austria-Hungary, I guess this is one of them.

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