Re: em dashes, en dashes, and hyphens in help / intranet / internet documentation

Subject: Re: em dashes, en dashes, and hyphens in help / intranet / internet documentation
From: rjstevenson -at- sprynet -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 14:31:41 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

I'm not quite sure what the Web has to do with it? I wouldn't use them differently in a printed book vs a PDF published online vs embedded help, and I don't imagine most other writers would (though I could certainly be wrong). As for specifics of how to apply them, pick a style guide and go with it (we're moving to MMoS on my current contract).

IME, regardless of context, people who work with text for a living are the only ones who care about these things. :-) Most others have only the foggiest idea of the differences among the three marks, and will use any old horizontal line wherever they like.

Rebecca

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From: John Cook <john -dot- cook -at- gmail -dot- com>
Sent: Nov 28, 2005 2:22 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: em dashes, en dashes, and hyphens in help / intranet / internet documentation

We don't have that book available to us on this specific contract, no,
although I have used it on another job in the past.

Besides that, I'm curious about the way that these are used in the
real world as things get more web-centric.


Rebecca Stevenson
Freelance Technical Writer
508-725-0937
AIM: RJSWriter
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