Subject: Ellipses
From: "Segal, Betty S." <bss3 -at- PHPMTS1 -dot- EM -dot- CDC -dot- GOV>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 1994 12:48:00 EST

In reply to my earlier message, Karen Kay wrote:
<Oh, and another point--isn't it ... for an ellipsis rather than . . .?>

Regarding the spacing of ellipsis points, _The Chicago Manual of
Style_ (13th edition) says,

"They are usually separated from each other and from the text and any
contiguous punctuation by 3-to-em spaces . . ." (page 292, paragraph

"Other spacing is measured in multiples and fractions of the basic em:
2-em, 3-em, 4-em quads, etc; . . . and other spaces such as 3-to-em,
4-to-em and 5-to-em (1/3, 1/4, and 1/5 of an em, respectively)." (page
677, Glossary of Technical Terms)

"Normal word spacing is about one-third of an em." (page 567, paragraph

Both the Government Printing Office's _Style Manual_ and _Words into Type_
say to use an en quad between points of ellipsis, which would be 1/2 an em.

Because of the recommendations in these references, I have always put a
normal word space between ellipsis points. Am I wrong? What do others do?

Betty Segal
bss3 -at- phpmts1 -dot- em -dot- cdc -dot- gov

is proper to use normal word spacing between the ellipsis points.

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