# [texhax] \ldots v. \cdots

Sun Mar 1 13:57:52 CET 2009

P. R. Stanley wrote:
> Hi
> I've come across both \ldots and \cdots in typesetting series in \sum
> -- \{1 + 2 + 3 + ldots + n\}. What would the list recommend?
> Thanks
> Paul
>
>
in most cases I use \dots, not \ldots nor \cdots, \dots has the advance
that it looks at the item following it, so \dots, => \ldots, and \dots+
=> \cdots+, then the only thing you need to worry about the are
situations where the dots come last.

BTW: someone talked about a fourdots macro, doesn't four dots at the end
of a sentence look odd? I usually see three dots at the end of a
sentence in the same way as a dot, i.e. end of sentence, no need to an
extra dot.

/daleif