[texhax] The Em Rule, a Question of Style

Fernando Gouvea fqgouvea at colby.edu
Tue May 18 18:32:45 CEST 2010

Right. On the magazine I edit, the font face has a rather short em-dash, 
so I use that with spaces surrounding it. With CM, that doesn't work as 
well, so one might use the en-dash with spaces. That's the "house style" 
of at least one publisher I've worked with. One can see a lot just by 
looking, as Yogi Berra may have said.


On 5/18/2010 12:24 PM, Paul Isambert wrote:
> Correcting myself on three points:
> - I hadn't look at Uwe's link, where part of Bringhurst's citation 
> appears, so sorry for the double.
> - I meant an unbreakable space after the /opening/ dash, and /before/ 
> the /closing/ one. That'd make no sense otherwise.
> - You have the right to do what you want, according to your 
> typographical style. Rules can be broken once understood, especially 
> typographic rules, which should serve the beauty of design. And now I 
> stop talking like an old wise man with bad English.
> Paul

Fernando Q. Gouvea
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