Re: Proposing a DOUBLE HYPHEN punctuation mark

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Tue Jan 23 2007 - 01:21:02 CST

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    Asmus Freytag <asmusf at ix dot netcom dot com> wrote:

    > With the three rules I proposed in my posting, it's now possible to
    > decide when to use a font and when to use a character difference. As
    > the standard case is the standard hyphen and 99% of people don't need
    > to worry about the alternatives, the confusion problem is absent for
    > ordinary users.

    I always thought the convention of using a double hyphen to indicate
    line-splitting hyphenation at a point where lexeme-joining hyphenation
    would have occurred anyway was a simply brilliant idea, one I wish were
    in more widespread use.

    Doug Ewell  *  Fullerton, California, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14

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