Re: en and em dashes

Subject: Re: en and em dashes
From: Matt Ion <soundy -at- NEXTLEVEL -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 22:49:55 -0800

On Fri, 17 May 1996 22:54:17 -0500, Jane Bergen wrote:

>On Thursday, May 16, 1996 9:25 AM, Brad Connatser[SMTP:concom -at- USIT -dot- NET] wrote:
>>Can anyone tell me the keyboard shortcut for the en and em dashes for an
>>IBM-compatible word processor?

>Anyway . . . Try for an em dash alt+0151. For an en dash alt+0150.

Jane, keep in mind that as a Mac user, Brad probably doesn't understand
how to do "alt+0151" :-)

Brad, the procedure is to hold down the ALT key, type the specified
numbers on the numeric keypad, and then release the ALT key. Leading
zeros are not necessary (alt+151 will work the same as alt+0151, alt+2
will work the same as alt+0000002).

>If you open the Windows program called "Character Map" (charmap.exe - - - and I seem >to have deleted mine!), it shows you all the characters.

Assuming he's using Windows.

>Pass your cursor over each character and look at the lower right (? if I remember >correctly) corner and the numbers (0151, 0152, etc.) appear there. Remember to use >your number pad, not the keyboard numbers on the QWERTY side.

Righto. Many editors include similar functions - for example, Semware
QEdit v3.0 and above for DOS and OS/2 (now known as TSE - The Semware
Editor) has an "ascii charT" under its "Other" menu.

>I guess I'm just telling my age....I remember when we ONLY had those ascii characters to use and I will go to my grave with some of them in memory.....

Remember the good ol' days of the C-64 when all those neat graphics
characters were right there on the regular keys, accessible via the
SHIFT and C= keys? :-)

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