2.5a The hyphen.

As in print, the principal uses of the hyphen are to divide words at the end of a line and to connect the components of compound words or numbers. Wherever there is room on a line for one or more syllables and a hyphen, as many syllables should be brailled on that line as space will permit. No space should be left between the last syllable on the line and the hyphen. The hyphen, with one exception (see §2.5a(3)), cannot start a new line. Examples:



A single-syllable word, such as served, plowed, or tried, can never be divided. When dividing a multiple-syllable word between lines, division can be made only between syllables. Students of this course are expected to divide words between lines whether working on a braillewriter, computer, or slate and stylus. Although Rule I.5.a. says that a word "may" be divided between pages, the Library of Congress does not recommend it.

Most publishers and dictionaries do not separate a beginning or ending single-letter syllable from the rest of the word—and it is recommended that braille follow this example. Thus, words such as away and body should not be divided between lines. However, if a prefix or suffix is added to such words the division can be made, i.e., give/a/way, bod/y/guard. Note that this rule does not apply to contractions (one braille configuration representing two or more letters), which will be studied later.