A List Apart

This is a classic, of course, but I decided to post something about each site I link to. This is probably the first article I read on ALA site:

The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters)

And for the reference, some of the character codes from the article:

  • – (– en dash is used to indicate a range of just about anything, etc.)
  • — (— em dash is used to indicate a sudden break in thought, etc.)
  • ‘ (‘ opening single quote)
  • ’ (’ closing single quote or an apostrophe)
  • “ (“ opening double quote)
  • ” (” closing double quote)

The first version of this post had a silly statement about WordPress needing some tool to help with entering the proper codes for some of these special characters. Well, thanks to a comment from Matt, I know better now 🙂