suggestion: auto replace hyphen > en-dash

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kgha
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suggestion: auto replace hyphen > en-dash

Post by kgha » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:08 pm

I frequently - maybe too frequently - use dashes when writing. For years I've missed the automatic replacement that's part of MSWord, LO, and OO when using Textmaker. The Smart text function offers a workaround, but with a small snag: When writing e.g. "Mon- and Tuesdays", the hyphen after "Mon" is also replaced with an en-dash and has to be corrected. What I'm after is having a hyphen replaced only when it's both preceded and followed by a space. Have tried making the smart text entry 'space+hyphen' but that doesn't work.

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Re: suggestion: auto replace hyphen > en-dash

Post by sven-l » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:57 am

That's still on our wish list and there is no schedule yet.
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Re: suggestion: auto replace hyphen > en-dash

Post by kgha » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:58 am

OK, thanks for the info.

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Re: suggestion: auto replace hyphen > en-dash

Post by dhalgren » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:49 am

If you don't mind using a keyboard shortcut, you can go to insert symbol, then go to general punctuation and choose an en-dash. As a part of the dialogue, you can choose a keyboard shortcut for the en-dash, and use that shortcut to insert the dash.

This is not your preferred way of achieving an en-dash, but it does work, and places them wherever you want them.

I do this with em-dashes, using a keyboard shortcut. I also do it with ellipses.

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