I see far too much writing on the web using “--” instead of “—”. Most
software out there now copes quite happily with UTF-8, so there's no technical
reason not to use the “EM DASH” glyph. Actually, I lie, it's less convenient
because most keyboards don't have a “—” key, but do have a “-” key. In vim, you
can use the “
-M” digraph, and in GNOME I find the Character Palette
panel applet nearly as handy. Or in HTML-land just use
—” if you prefer.
So, this is a public service announcement: use a real em dash, not the ugly double hyphen. Thank you.
Unicode: it's not just for non-English speakers, it's for punctuation pedants too!
Last modified: 15 January 2007
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