8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 10, 2012 3:11 PM by anunseenruler
Widsith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I searched, but couldn't find any answer to this: apologies if it's been dealt with elsewhere.

Any way to create an en-dash (–)? The only other option on the hyphen key seems to be the em-dash.

iPad
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,300 points)
    There are limitations to the keyboard. I think you found another one. These are the only dashes I can find - —. I don't see an en-dash.
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (18,190 points)
    Any way to create an en-dash (–)? The only other option on the hyphen key seems to be the em-dash..

    How about
    - (dash)
    (alt-dash)
    (shift-alt-dash)


    Of course, it also depends on what keyboard, font face, language, and type of encoding used for reading. This example is wireless keyboard in Times New Roman.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,720 points)
    Any way to create an en-dash (–)?


    Without a hardware keyboard I think this has to be done via copy/paste from a document or an app like Unicode Maps. En-dash is U+2013
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,720 points)
    Of course, it also depends on what keyboard, font face, language, and type of encoding used for reading. This example is wireless keyboard in Times New Roman.


    OS X and iOS are both Unicode and creating a character like that should not depend on the font unless the user has added something very non-standard to his system.
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,300 points)
    From the Unicode app...

    ‑ – —
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (18,190 points)
    OS X and iOS are both Unicode and creating a character like that should not depend on the font unless the user has added something very non-standard to his system.

    I was referring to how the characters look with different font faces. E.g., here is what they look like in LucidaGrande where the width for dash and en-dash are virtually the same:
    - (dash)
    (alt-dash)
    (shift-alt-dash)


  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,720 points)
    I was referring to how the characters look with different font faces.


    You are correct, of course, there can be quite a difference among font faces in exactly how these characters look.
  • anunseenruler Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    On the iPad, when you hold down a key for an extended period of time, the character options pop up above the key. On the standard keyboard, you can select from a palette of accented characters and alternates.

     

    On the numbers and symbols layout, holding down the key gives you alternate symbol options. Hold down the hyphen and you can choose from em, en and the hyphen of course. Try it out on all the keys, it's a nice feature.