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At 20:00 21/07/2022 -0400, Chris Johnson wrote:
In many word processors there's a short solid thin horizontal line the equivalent of three dashes worth of space.

I'm guessing that you mean some sort of dash, and that you mean three *hyphens'* worth of space.

It is used to indicate a pause or short interval of time between words.

Hmm: I'm not at all sure that is so. There is no time between words on the page, since text is not intended specifically for reading aloud: most people do not move their lips whilst reading - and indeed read faster than they could speak. And punctuation generally indicates the relations of words and phrases to each other, not how text might be read aloud. If you wish to indicate how some text should be spoken, you need other symbols than normal punctuation.

In some three dashes are replaced by this short line.

Again, I'm guessing that you mean three hyphens, since there is no dash available on a conventional keyboard.

Anyone know if Writer has this, where it can be found and how to use it?

The question is not whether LibreOffice has this, but rather if the font you are using possesses any such characters - and many will. You can insert any required available characters using Insert | Special Character.

But LibreOffice does provide the means to insert such dashes in text documents easily: o If you type one or two hyphens separated from preceding and following material by spaces, AutoCorrect will convert this to a (spaced) en dash. o If you type two hyphens *not* spaced from preceding and following material, AutoCorrect will convert this to an unspaced em dash. Full details are given under "Inserting special characters" in Chapter 2, "Working with Text: Basics" of the Writer Guide.

Apart from hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes, Unicode also offers other similar characters, such as Figure Dash, Two-Em Dash, Three-Em Dash, Small Em Dash, and Horizontal Bar - though not all may be provided in any font.

If you need something frequently that is tedious to insert, you may like to consider copying and pasting one instance to other places or even inserting some code at each place and then using Find & Replace later to replace the codes with the required characters.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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