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Hypertext Help with LaTeX

Dashes

LaTeX provides for three sizes of dashes which are indicated by typing one, two, or three consecutive dashes in the text.

  • a hyphenation dash, as in X-ray, is a single dash
  • a dash between limits, as in 1--2, is a double dash
  • a parenthetical punctuation --- such as this --- is a triple dash

Note that this applies to paragraph mode. In math mode each - is interpreted as a minus sign.


See also Spaces and boxes, Modes
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Revised 11 May 1995.