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Old 07-14-2012, 04:50 AM   #18
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I mean, is there a way to write creatively without spending too much time along the way with HTML tags for non-breaking ellipses, italics, em-dashes, and the like.
Yes, use a text format like simple LaTeX or simple HTML or a lightweight markup format such as Textile. Don't worry about formatting until the content is finished.

Ellipses: use "...", or "\dots", or "…". You can convert them to whatever works best later.

Italics: use "<i>...</i>", or "\emph{...}", or "_..._". Ditto.

Dashes: use "--"/"---", or "&ndash;"/"&mdash;". Ditto.

Quotes: use "`"/"``", or "&lsquo;"/"&rsquo;" for opening quotes. Ditto. Normal ' and " can then safely be assumed to be closing quotes or apostrophes. (Beware of automatic "smart" quotes.)

Or modify your keyboard layout to have the proper Unicode characters easily accessible by keypresses. You can even write in Notepad. With a more sophisticated text editor, you can create macros to insert the Unicode characters too.
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