# [texhax] use of \ldots

Rolf Turner r.turner at auckland.ac.nz
Tue Feb 8 07:35:30 CET 2011

On 8/02/2011, at 4:32 PM, Steven Jonak wrote:

> I curious about the correct usage \ldots.  If I use it in a
> sentence, which is correct:
>
> Just a moment\ldots now, there we are.
> or
> Just a moment \ldots now, there we are.
>
> Should a space come before the \ldots or not?

I don't know if there's a rule on this, but my aesthetic
sense finds a space before the \ldots preferable.  However I
have the impression that most, if not all, others omit
such a space.  As my elder brother says ``There is no
accounting for taste.  Or the lack thereof.''

BTW you need to use:

Just a moment \ldots\ now, there we are.

i.e. you need a backslash *after* the \ldots or you
*won't* get a space before the ``now''.

cheers,

Rolf Turner