Issue 73113 - Shortcuts for en- and em-dashes
Summary: Shortcuts for en- and em-dashes
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 4 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
: 88098 (view as issue list)
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Reported: 2007-01-04 10:23 UTC by george_yves
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:38 UTC (History)
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Description george_yves 2007-01-04 10:23:42 UTC
Working in MSWord, users can freely insert en- and em-dashes in their documents 
by pressing "Ctrl+gray minus" and "Ctrl+Alt+gray minus". Working in OOO they 
have to convert pairs of hyphens if they want dashes.

The rules of such convertions are applicable mainly for American English style 
and usage. For example, in Russian en-dashes are used to mark dialogues (and 
OOO users can't "type two hyphens with a spacing before" in this case); em-
dashes in Russian punctuation must be separated from the words around it (and 
OOO in that situation converts hyphens into en-dash).

Dashes are punctuation marks like commas, semicolons, colons and so on, but 
there are no shortcuts in OOO to insert them. Is it possible to make inserting 
en- and em-dashes in OOO Writer independent like in MSWord?
Comment 1 michael.ruess 2007-01-04 13:51:31 UTC
Reassigned to SBA.
Comment 2 mr_smyle 2007-01-21 09:41:49 UTC
*** Issue 73113 has been confirmed by votes. ***
Comment 3 stefan.baltzer 2007-01-30 11:48:54 UTC
SBA: Please note that it is possible to clone every single bit of MS word. All
it takes is developer ressources and "some" time.

Now seriously and back to the case:
The described case of en- and em-dashes needed WITHOUT surrounding words to
trigger the AutoCorrection indeed makes sense.
Inserting them via insert-special character is a poor workaround, as well as
setting up AutoText entries for the favorite dashes
Note that at times, <Ctrl> + <Minus> inserts a conditional hyphen in Writer.

Reassigned to requirements.
Comment 4 stefan.baltzer 2007-07-18 17:34:18 UTC
SBA: Concerning dash replacement, please also note enhancement issue 5018.
Comment 5 ace_dent 2008-04-11 23:30:01 UTC
*** Issue 88098 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***