October 21, 2013
Are you checking which dashes you use in your emails and web pages?
When writing in packages such as Word or Outlook, you’ll usually have the inappropriate usage of hyphens corrected for you, but when it comes to email and website design, these can get missed as they require HTML special character codes to be inserted.
It’s not important for some people, but for others an email littered with hyphens instead of the correct dashes could be jarring and affect how they perceive your message and company.
| (-) Hyphens|
In your HTML you’ll need to encode en and em dashes as special characters
|•|| (–) en dash |
|•||(—) em dash —|
Word can automatically insert the correct dash for you
|•||Separating a hyphen (-) with two spaces either side will convert to an en dash.|
|•||Typing two hyphens (--) in Word between words will automatically convert to an em dash|
|•||On an iPhone, hold down the hyphen symbol and you’ll get the full range|
|•||On a PC you can use the combination of Alt + 0150 (–) Alt + 0151 (—)|
|•||On a Mac you can use Opt + - (–) Opt + Shift + - (—)|
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