From: Mark Davis (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Oct 24 2002 - 20:57:44 EDT
Historical accident, I believe. Those character sets tended to be derived from typewriters, not from the characters necessary for real publication.
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From: Patrick Andries
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 17:21
Subject: [OT] em dash absent from Latin-1/Latin-9 and keyboards, why ?
I have an off-topic question -- well, maybe not so much since questions have been asked about dashes -- related to the absence of the em dash/en dash from the Latin-1/Latin-9 character sets.
Why are those dashes (actually either one of the two is useful in French) absent from keyboards and Latin-1/Latin-9 character sets ?
These large dashes seem much more useful in most European languages than the ¦ character, for instance (which I have never seen in everyday texts).
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