This morning, I viewed my site using three browsers (IE 9.0, Chrome 22, and Firefox 16.01) on each of three different machines (a Windows Vista desktop, a Windows 7 desktop, and a Windows 7 laptop). Here is what I found:
- I do not see any hyphenated words in my sidebar in Chrome or Internet Explorer, on any of the three machines.
- With Firefox 16.0.1, I do see hyphenated words in the sidebar on two of the three machines (the Windows Vista desktop and the Windows 7 laptop). Specifically, four words in my sidebar are hyphenated, and the words are not all in the same widget. (The words are "Fridays," "Calendar," "toilet," and "cleaning.")
I suspected that perhaps I had "zoomed in" with Firefox on my site, causing the text size to increase, and that maybe that had somehow triggered the hyphenation. But on both systems where I saw the hyphenation, I verified that I was at the default zoom level in Firefox (by clicking View > Zoom > Reset, from the menu bar). So that is not the explanation.
It seems to me that the Twenty Ten theme must have some setting that causes automatic hyphenation of words in certain circumstances. If that is the case, I would like to know if there is a way to turn off that setting, or a way to design the sidebar so that hyphenation doesn't kick in.
I really don't think that my browser is doing the hyphenation, because don't recall seeing hyphenated words on any non-Wordpress sites with Firefox. (However, I did check another WordPress blog that uses the Twenty Ten theme, with one of the browsers where I see the hyphenated words, and sure enough, several words in the sidebar of that blog are hyphenated too.)
I guess that this issue is not a very big deal, especially since it doesn't happen in all browsers. Nevertheless, if anyone can tell me a way to stop this automatic hyphenation from happening, I would certainly appreciate it. :-)