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Glyph: – Name: endash Unicode: 2013

En Dash

2017-10-02 Week 40/2017 posted by RFI

Typographical quotation marks are traditionally regarded as hallmarks of more sophisticated type setting processes. Today however, the proper use of dashes vs hyphens is a much more meaningful signifier of typographic prowess. It is, in a way, so subtle that it's not possible to ironically subvert it yet.

While dashes may come across as slightly pedantic in some contexts like expressions of range in mid-text, they must – whenever possible – instead of hyphens to separate sentence parts in style.

[hyphen-minus: T-Shirt   en dash: New York–London   em dash: 2017—   quote dash: ―Bob Marley   minus: −10° F.   Infographic/Illustration.]

Minima includes all usual hyphens and dashes.

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