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Hi Séamas,

Séamas Ó Brógáin schrieb:
Regina wrote:

They are usually written via AutoCorrect. The simple hyphen is replaced
with the en-dash or em-dash when the following word is finished . . .

That is _not_ a good idea. The hyphen, en rule and em rule (dash) are
distinct characters with distinct uses in conventional typography and
typesetting. Their correct use cannot be predicted by context, nor are
they interchangeable.

It seems you have not tried this feature. Please read the help, index AutoCorrect function > Options > Replace Dashes. (I know when to use the different kind of dashes in German.

You need to find out where these characters are in the character set you
are using. This depends on your operating system, your language, and
your keyboard layout.

Changing keyboard layout or using the operating system way to input these characters is cumbersome on Windows. Even simple copy&paste is more efficient. At least on Win98 and WinXP there is no build-in way to change keyboard layout, you have to look for external tools to tweak it. I have not examined Window 7, whether it gives better support.

You get the same trouble for typographical quote-signs, for mathematical signs and Greek characters.

As Johnny pointed out, they can be entered with the compose key. If you
use them so often that even this is too cumbersome you can customise
your keyboard layout, so that (for example) compose-hyphen gets you the
en rule and shift-compose-hyphen gets you the dash (em rule). If you
want to do this I will help you (but only if you use GNU/Linux!).

See above. Most users work on Windows.

Kind regards

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