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January 23, 2013, 02:52:20 AM
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SMF breaks up long words by inserting a space every 79 characters (it is a space in a <span> with a negative margin). Example: here are 120 'a' characters:

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

When copying/pasting the chars, the space is visible at the 80th position, which is very annoying...

Instead, SMF should insert the standardized <wbr> tag (word break opportunity) already recognized by most browsers. In theory <wbr> is identical to U+200B (ZERO-WIDTH SPACE) but this is false; for example the current Chrome version on Linux (Version 23.0.1271.97) replaces U+200B with '#' when copying & pasting to a non-UTF8 application, whereas <wbr> is nicely invisible...
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January 24, 2013, 04:40:20 PM
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However, it's a bitch and a half when the browser doesn't recognize it, because instead of having to find and delete a space when you copy text, you have to find and delete a character that you can't even see.

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No, browsers that don't support <wbr> degrade very nicely: they act as if <wbr> was not present. No special char needs to be removed.
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