[texhax] dash spacing

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Sun Apr 1 19:52:05 CEST 2012

On Apr 1, 2012, at 1:10 PM, Tom Sgouros wrote:

> I'm soliciting opinions about the correct spacing for em dashes --- the kind that you use to interrupt text like this.  A space on either side of the dash seems too airy to be right, and no space seems way too tight.  Tiny spaces (\,) are awkward to type, but maybe that's what one needs?  Also opinions about whether it's ok to end a line with a dash --- and how I'd prevent it if it's not --- are welcome.

I had thought there's a certain amount of spacing built into the \dash and \Dash macros which are used in TUGboat.

Looking at ltugboat.cls maybe I'm wrong?

\def\dash{\d at sh\nobreak\endash}
\def\Dash{\d at sh\nobreak\emdash}

Usually when I mislike a full em dash enough to find it distasteful where's a 3/4 em dash available in the font which is spaced more openly. (em dashes are usually tight for those instances when multiples are combined)


William Adams
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Fry Communications
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