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Glyph for U+00AD
Source: Noto Sans

U+00AD Soft Hyphen

U+00AD was added to Unicode in version 1.1 (1993). It belongs to the block U+0080 to U+00FF Latin-1 Supplement in the U+0000 to U+FFFF Basic Multilingual Plane.

This character is a Format and is commonly used, that is, in no specific script. The character is also known as discretionary hyphen.

The glyph is not a composition. It has a Ambiguous East Asian Width. In bidirectional context it acts as Boundary Neutral and is not mirrored. In text U+00AD behaves as Break After regarding line breaks. It has type Format for sentence and Format for word breaks. The Grapheme Cluster Break is Control.

The Wikipedia has the following information about this codepoint:

In computing and typesetting, a soft hyphen (ISO 8859: 0xAD, Unicode U+00AD SOFT HYPHEN, HTML: ­ or ­ or ­) or syllable hyphen (EBCDIC: 0xCA), abbreviated SHY, is a code point reserved in some coded character sets for the purpose of breaking words across lines by inserting visible hyphens. Two alternative ways of using the soft hyphen character for this purpose have emerged, depending on whether the encoded text will be broken into lines by its recipient, or has already been preformatted by its originator.


System Representation
UTF-16 00 AD
UTF-32 00 00 00 AD
URL-Quoted %C2%AD
HTML hex reference ­
Wrong windows-1252 Mojibake ­
HTML named entity &shy
HTML named entity ­
abbreviation SHY
alias discretionary hyphen
Encoding: EUC-KR (hex bytes) A1 A9
Encoding: ISO-8859-10 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: ISO-8859-13 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: ISO-8859-14 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: ISO-8859-15 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: ISO-8859-16 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: ISO-8859-2 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: ISO-8859-3 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: ISO-8859-4 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: ISO-8859-5 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: ISO-8859-6 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: ISO-8859-7 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: ISO-8859-8 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: WINDOWS-1250 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: WINDOWS-1251 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: WINDOWS-1252 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: WINDOWS-1253 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: WINDOWS-1254 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: WINDOWS-1255 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: WINDOWS-1256 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: WINDOWS-1257 (hex bytes) AD
Encoding: WINDOWS-1258 (hex bytes) AD
AGL: Latin-2 uni00AD
AGL: Latin-3 uni00AD
AGL: Latin-4 uni00AD
AGL: Latin-5 uni00AD
Adobe Glyph List sfthyphen
Adobe Glyph List softhyphen
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Complete Record

Property Value
Age 1.1 (1993)
Unicode Name SOFT HYPHEN
Unicode 1 Name
Block Latin-1 Supplement
General Category Format
Script Common
Bidirectional Category Boundary Neutral
Combining Class Not Reordered
Decomposition Type None
Decomposition Mapping Glyph for U+00AD Soft Hyphen
Simple Lowercase Mapping Glyph for U+00AD Soft Hyphen
Lowercase Mapping Glyph for U+00AD Soft Hyphen
Simple Uppercase Mapping Glyph for U+00AD Soft Hyphen
Uppercase Mapping Glyph for U+00AD Soft Hyphen
Simple Titlecase Mapping Glyph for U+00AD Soft Hyphen
Titlecase Mapping Glyph for U+00AD Soft Hyphen
Case Folding Glyph for U+00AD Soft Hyphen
ASCII Hex Digit
Bidi Control
Bidi Mirrored
Composition Exclusion
Case Ignorable
Changes When Casefolded
Changes When Casemapped
Changes When NFKC Casefolded
Changes When Lowercased
Changes When Titlecased
Changes When Uppercased
Full Composition Exclusion
Default Ignorable Code Point
Emoji Modifier Base
Emoji Component
Emoji Modifier
Emoji Presentation
Extended Pictographic
FC NFKC Closure Glyph for U+00AD Soft Hyphen
Grapheme Cluster Break Control
Grapheme Base
Grapheme Extend
Grapheme Link
Hex Digit
ID Continue
ID Start
IDS Binary Operator
IDS Trinary Operator and
Indic Mantra Category
Indic Positional Category NA
Indic Syllabic Category Other
Jamo Short Name
Join Control
Logical Order Exception
Noncharacter Code Point
NFC Quick Check Yes
NFD Quick Check Yes
NFKC Quick Check Yes
NFKD Quick Check Yes
Other Alphabetic
Other Default Ignorable Code Point
Other Grapheme Extend
Other ID Continue
Other ID Start
Other Lowercase
Other Math
Other Uppercase
Prepended Concatenation Mark
Pattern Syntax
Pattern White Space
Quotation Mark
Regional Indicator
Sentence Break Format
Soft Dotted
Sentence Terminal
Terminal Punctuation
Unified Ideograph
Variation Selector
Word Break Format
White Space
XID Continue
XID Start
Expands On NFC
Expands On NFD
Expands On NFKC
Expands On NFKD
Bidi Paired Bracket Glyph for U+00AD Soft Hyphen
Bidi Paired Bracket Type None
East Asian Width Ambiguous
Hangul Syllable Type Not Applicable
ISO 10646 Comment
Joining Group No_Joining_Group
Joining Type Transparent
Line Break Break After
Numeric Type None
Numeric Value not a number
Simple Case Folding Glyph for U+00AD Soft Hyphen
Script Extension
Vertical Orientation R