Dash FAQs:


Q: Is dash a punctuation mark that is similar to a hyphen or minus sign?

A: Yes, and but differs from both of these symbols primarily in length and function.

Q: Is dash unavailable in a particular character encoding environment—as in the ASCII character set—there are some conventional substitutions?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dash used as an opening quotation mark?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dash special in that they can be written using character entity references as &mdash?

A: Yes, and –, respectively.

Q: Is dash smaller?

A: Yes.

Q: Are dashes also used to set off summaries or definitions?

A: Yes.

Q: Are dashes usually made when prefixing an already-hyphenated compound?

A: Yes, an en dash is generally avoided as a distraction in this case.

Q: Is dash sometimes recommended instead of a hyphen in compound adjectives where neither part of the adjective modifies the other—that is?

A: Yes, and when each modifies the noun, as in love–hate relationship.

Q: Is dash used when a dash must be used within numbers?

A: Yes, It does not indicate a range, for which the en dash is used; nor does it function as the minus sign, which also uses a separate glyph.

Q: Is dash the en dash and the em dash?

A: Yes, and named for the length of a typeface's lower-case n and upper-case M respectively.

Q: Are dashes often represented in British usage by a single hyphen-minus surrounded by spaces?

A: Yes, and or in American usage by two hyphen-minuses surrounded by spaces.

Q: Is dash a compatibility character for a vertical en dash used in East Asian typography?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dash commonly used to indicate a closed range of values—a range with clearly defined and finite upper and lower boundaries—roughly signifying what might otherwise be communicated by the word "through"?

A: Yes, This may include ranges such as those between dates, times, or numbers.

Q: Is dash a compatibility character for a vertical em dash used in East Asian typography?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dash unavailable in a particular character encoding environment—as in the ASCII character set—it has usually been approximated as a double or triple hyphen-minus?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dash 9 points wide?

A: Yes, and while in 24-point type the em dash is 24 points wide.

Q: Is dash often unavailable?

A: Yes, in this case, one may use a hyphen-minus instead.

Q: Is dash not standardized?

A: Yes, and the en dash is often more than half the width of the em dash.

Q: Is dash set closed?

A: Yes, and it makes highlighting in ebooks difficult, as two words are often treated as conjoined.

Q: Is dash not used the sentence is ended with a period as usual?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dash usually used instead of a hyphen in compound attributives in which one or both elements is itself a compound?

A: Yes, and especially when the compound element is an open compound, meaning it is not itself hyphenated.

Q: Is dash wider than the hyphen but not as wide as the em dash?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dash important if one ever needs to share documents with other users in other applications or operating systems?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dash equally suitable if the quotation dash is unavailable or is contrary to the house style being used?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dash sometimes used as a substitute for the minus sign?

A: Yes, and when the minus sign character is not available, since the en dash is usually the same width as a plus sign.

Q: Is dash used in several ways: primarily in places where a set of parentheses or a colon might otherwise be used?

A: Yes, and it can show an abrupt change in thought or be used where a full stop is too strong and a comma too weak.

Q: Is dash the house style for certain major publishers?

A: Yes, and including the Penguin Group, the Cambridge University Press, and Routledge.

Q: Is dash wavy lines found in some East Asian character sets?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dash U+2012?

A: Yes, HTML authors must use the numeric forms ‒ or ‒ to type it unless the file is in Unicode; there is no equivalent character entity.

Q: Are dashes more commonly used in Russian than in English?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dash used for the present copula?

A: Yes, and which is unpronounced in spoken Russian.

Q: Is dash used by "other British publishers" but states that the Oxford University Press?

A: Yes, and like "most US publishers", uses the unspaced em dash.

Q: Is dash U+2014?

A: Yes, In HTML, one may use the numeric forms — or —; there is also the HTML entity —. In TeX, the em dash may normally be input as a triple hyphen-minus. On any Mac, most keyboard layouts map an em dash to ⌥ Opt+⇧ Shift+-. On Microsoft Windows, an em dash may be entered as Alt+0151, where the digits are typed on the numeric keypad while holding the Alt key down.

Q: Is dash a compatibility character for a small em dash used in East Asian typography?

A: Yes.