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Slogging through info on hyphenation, I came across this on Wikipedia:
"The first use of the hyphen—and its origination—is often credited to Johannes Gutenberg of Mainz, Germany circa 1455 with the publication of his 42-line Bible. Examination of an original copy on vellum (Hubay index #35) in the U. S. Library of Congress shows that Gutenberg's movable type was set justified in a uniform style, 42 equal lines per page."
Since "often credited" is a bit of a dodge, I turn to the scholars here at Typophile for something more.
Anybody got a beef with the statement "Gutenberg invented the hyphen"? True, false, we're just not sure... I'm interested in anything.
Also, were there any precursors - prior to the invention of movable type - that might have made Gutenberg's hyphen more familiar to readers of the time, or did it spring full-blown with Gutenberg?
Any info greatly appreciated.