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Old 01-16-2013, 06:04 AM   #53
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Originally Posted by Sabardeyn View Post
Properly formatted text with an em dash (ex: word—word—word) presents a problem though when the words are long and the reader/device offers a narrow screen. What results tends to be an awkwardly spaced portion of text. Particularly if justified text is used.
That's why I often use the alternative "space en-dash space" (when it's not at the beginning or end of a sentence), which is sometimes seen in printed books too.

The problem with em-dashes is that its handling should be language-specific. A break at an em-dash may be allowed in English, but it is highly undesirable (and wrong) in Spanish, where the usage is slightly different. The old mobipocket reader doesn't break at em-dashes, which is fine in Spanish and causes problems in English. ADE breaks at em-dashes, which is fine in English but causes havoc in Spanish.

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I realize this may be a hyphenation and/or display issue in the software, but the reality is that many such programs are not going to be updated to correct for these situations.
Sadly true, and I wonder whether any program will be updated
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