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Search Engines and Hyphenated Text

How does Google, Yahoo, etc... handle soft-hyphens?

     
7:51 pm on Mar 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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How would I go about finding out how Google, etc... handle text that uses soft-hyphens for hyphenating at line breaks.

If you don't know what I'm referring to, it's this:

Within the HTML, if I break up the word "hyphenate" like this - hy­phen­ate - if the word falls at the end of a line, the browser will break the word at the most advantageous point (in accordance with the column width, and other factors like word-spacing) and it will add a visible hyphen at the end of the line to denote that the word continues on the next line.
My question is whether the search engine sees the complete word or just the individual syllables hy, phen, and ate.
Anybody know where that information might be available and/or if there's a way to test - perhaps using a test page?

IE, FF3, Chrome, and Safari all support this now. Trying to find out if there's any SEO gotchas involved.

5:30 am on Apr 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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[cs.tut.fi...] - Here you will get a detailed explanantion
 

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