# [Fontinst] LIG plus kerning

Pierre MacKay mackay at cs.washington.edu
Sat Oct 23 19:42:40 CEST 2004

 > > > That's bad news. So I've to find a 'nice' looking char for direct input
> > > (the ANSI dec133 is already used by another glyph). And a macro solution
> > > like \dots would make the input file unreadable because 'ellipsis' is used
> > > heavily.

I am not so sure about that.  I just wrote the following macro in plain tex, and it works
so well that I think I will use it from now on.

\def\. #1 #2{$\ldots$}

This one assumes that the dots will be input as . . .

All it needs is the backslash in front, which will create a difficulty if you are
using a language with the dot-over accent, but even that could be got around.  I rarely run
into that accent outside of the Turkish \.{I}stanbul.

The input:

This is \. . . an ellipsis macro

Produces just what you want.  The macro could even be generalised to produce a

fourdot sequence for ellipsis at end of sentence.  If you prever to see your ellipses
as ... that can be done too.

Pierre MacKay