On Wed, Jan 20 2010, Alan BRASLAU wrote:

> What I also find disturbing is that *some* of these conventions are retained, 
> but not all.

Since most people use fixed width fonts in their editors, it is difficult
to distinguish between – (en-dash), — (em-dash) and - (hyphen-minus).
So "--" and "---" are quite useful.

Cheers, Peter

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