I just insert the Unicode characters directly in every place: sites,
emails, texts, documents. I'm doing this for years, with no compatibility
problem. I'm glad the world is not ASCII anymore :)

On the Mac, I just hold the Alt key when pressing the hyphen to get an en
dash (–) and hold Alt+Shift for the em dash (—).

In iOS keyboard it's easier: just hold the hyphen key and both dashes
appear as options.

Don't know about Linux and Windows, but there should be similar keystrokes.


On Friday, April 12, 2013, Forgeot Eric wrote:

> hello,
>
> for my part I use:
>
> - triple hyphen --- for em dash (which I convert to — with txt2tags)
> - single hyphen - for everything else (I don't make difference between
> hyphen and en dash)
>
>
> and of course double hyphen for strikethrough with txt2tags
>
>
>
>
> ________________________________
>  De : Matt Garman <matthew.gar...@gmail.com <javascript:;>>
> À : txt2tags-list@lists.sourceforge.net <javascript:;>
> Envoyé le : Jeudi 11 avril 2013 23h26
> Objet : [t2t] hyphens, dashes and friends
>
>
>
> Many years ago, when I was in school, I used LaTeX for writing all my
> papers.  From that, I developed the following habits for hyphen/dash usage:
>
>     - A single hyphen for combined words: "blue-green"
>     - A double hyphen for numerical ranges: "50--100"
>     - A triple hyphen---in other words, a dash---as a grammatical
> construct, as in this bullet point
>
> Of course, LaTeX transformed those strings of hyphens into lines of
> increasing length for the printable output.  But I personally adopted the
> convention even for plain text (such as emails), and now it's virtually
> impossible for me to not do that.
>
> And for what it's worth, I've noticed that the auto-correct features in
> Microsoft Outlook seems to follow somewhat similar rules... I haven't taken
> the time to figure out exactly what does what, but there is definitely a
> distinction between hyphens and dashes.
>
> I can't seem to find if there is any similar convention in txt2tags.  In
> fact, the double hyphen gets interpreted as strikethrough.  So I was just
> wondering how people handle this.
>
> Thanks!
> Matt
>
>
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