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Old 08-15-2008, 04:59 AM   #5
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There are at least three different dashes in traditional typesetting:

A hyphen is a short horizontal line used in (of course) hyphenated words
An en-dash is a slightly longer line usually used between numbers to indicate a range
An em-dash is an even longer line, used to indicate a pause in the flow of words, or perhaps an in interruption in speech.

hyphen: God the all-terrible
en-dash: 1914–18
em-dash: ...when there had been enormous casualties on both sides—but before the United States entered the war in 1917.

en-dash is unicode 8211, html entity –
em-dash is unicode 8212, html entity —

In case you're wondering about the names, the en-dash is traditionally the width of a letter n, and the em-dash is traditionally the width of a letter M.

For much more on dashes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dash

Paul

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Originally Posted by AlexBell View Post
Thanks, Harry. I'll fix the first two as soon as possible, but I'll have to do some research on the hyphen/em-dash problem. I'm not even sure at the moment what an em-dash is, nor how to produce one.
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