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Old 07-10-2008, 07:01 AM   #1
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The em dash

Does anyone have a simple html file that successfully creates em dashes using Creator?

I have scoured the threads that mention em dashes but they are too obscure for my limited brain. One example of the correct html might just get me there...
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:03 AM   #2
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Simply use the HTML entity "—". Should work just fine.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:31 PM   #3
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Simply use the HTML entity "—". Should work just fine.
Thanks for that but if I knew how to work it into the HTML I wouldn't be so confused. One example is worth a thousand words...
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:55 PM   #4
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Thanks for that but if I knew how to work it into the HTML I wouldn't be so confused. One example is worth a thousand words...
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<p>This is a paragraph that needs&mdash;just for a while&mdash;an em dash</p>

Update -- I was going to show how it renders, but I can't find out which tags this forum uses to allow HTML.

If you're working with a text file that has used double hyphens as a substitute for the em dash ( -- ) then you can do a "change all" action in your editors to change the -- to &mdash;

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Old 07-11-2008, 07:56 PM   #5
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What does work is to use @#151; as the em dash. It is what Book Designer outputs and Mobipocket Publisher handles it just fine.

P.S. replace the @ with an & as the forum software converts it to an em dash so I cannot show you properly.
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Old 07-12-2008, 01:01 AM   #6
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<p>This is a paragraph that needs&mdash;just for a while&mdash;an em dash</p>
Update -- I was going to show how it renders, but I can't find out which tags this forum uses to allow HTML.
When I need to use an emdash in the text of a message here, I use "& #8212" (without the quotes and without space after the &). The forum software will then automatically convert it to an emdash character, like this:

Code:
<p>This is a paragraph that needs& #8212;just for a while& #8212;an em dash</p>
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<p>This is a paragraph that needs—just for a while—an em dash</p>
This will work for other html codes like endash (& #8211 = –), bullet (& #8226; = •), etc. See the special characters wiki for the other codes.
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You can use the HTML entity "&mdash".



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Brilliant, thanks all.
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Don't forget the semicolon at the end, i.e. HTML entity "&mdash;".
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