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The documentation for polyglossia located on CTAN takes 17 pages, while babel documentation is (without the desription of the code) about 50 pages. Also there are a lot of documents babel-<language> to describe some specific stuff about the language.

As pointed out in the answer Russian hyphenation with polyglossia there is at least one undocumented feature.

Are there any other undocumented features or does polyglossia rely on babel in some way such as using shortands defined by babel-<language>?

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    I think polyglossia is in a bit of a weird state at the moment. The current maintainer does not seem to have a lot of time to focus on the development of the package. Even though there was a release recently to incorporate outstanding pull requests, many bug reports and feature requests remain unaddressed, see github.com/reutenauer/polyglossia/issues. It is entirely possible that the documentation fails to document some features. Apparently the feature you mention was implemented shortly before the original developer left the project. – moewe May 29 '18 at 12:07
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The original developer left the project a while ago and the current maintainer took over the job. It could be that some features that were implemented shortly before the original author left the project were not documented in the manual.

I'm not a babel/polyglossia expert but it is not impossible that due to the different implementations and the relative maturity of babel there is more to document on the babel side, hence its documentation is longer.

  • Thank you for providing some info, but I think I will wait a few days before accepting the answer. – Michael Fraiman Jun 18 '18 at 17:16

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