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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 5:38 am    Post subject: Can't insert em-dashes Reply with quote

Hey, moderators!

Why can't I insert em-dashes here? Instead, I get some weird code: — This seems to happen only here, at other forums I succeed with mere Alt+0151. Look, using hyphens instead of dashes is totally wrong and ugly, but no choice is left here!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good question Wink

BTW, there really needs to be en easier shortcut to insert an em-dash.

In the meantime, when an em dash is not available is is acceptable to use two hyphens (--) or so I have read. I've also read that that is NOT acceptable. Does anyone have a definitive answer on this? Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, double hyphens are not acceptable. You see, use of hyphens and dashes can be different between languages, but anyway hyphens are used to separate parts of compund words like in «Anglo-Saxon» or, particularly for English, sometimes in words like «re-strain» (not to mix with «restrain»). And dashes (en and em) are used to separate words.

I've heard, on Macintosh em-dash can be entered directly from keyboard, but this is not relevatn to me Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2004 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could easily put them in an autotext, even an autotext called "-". then, typing -<F3> (the hyphen followed by a press on the F3 key) would insert your em-dash. Alternatively, record a macro inserting the em-dash and assign that macro to a key. Finally, using auto-replace shoudl also work: have an autoreplace entry that replaces -- with an em-dash.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ftack, the question was not about OOo (there, it's OK), but about this forum Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A work-around is to open a notepad... type ALT-0151... then copy and paste it here:
— (em-dash)
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too complicated for such a small thing and such a lazy man Smile Well, why can't it be done in the text field when posting?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

esperantisto wrote:
Too complicated for such a small thing and such a lazy man Smile Well, why can't it be done in the text field when posting?


I tried posting here Alt-0151: —
it doesn't change.

Maybe they changed it already.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Further Testing:

Alt+0151: —
Alt+196: &#9472;


Edited:
Alt+196 should look like a dash... But it changed to weird code. However Alt+0151 remained the same unlike what you said before. Mmmm...Strange? !
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, now I give another try: &#8212;
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really strange (I made Alt+0151)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And Alt+196: &#9472;
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



I try again (step by step)
1) click post reply
2) Key in ALT+0151
3) Press Enter twice
4) Typed this note
5) Pressed submit button (Actually I will just press the submit button after I close this parethesis. I'm using IE6 in windows)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

r_vinoya wrote:


I try again (step by step)
1) click post reply
2) Key in ALT+0151
3) Press Enter twice
4) Typed this note
5) Pressed submit button (Actually I will just press the submit button after I close this parethesis. I'm using IE6 in windows)

Maybe others will post reply in this post using procedue 1, 2 and 5 above and see what happens.
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