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Old 04-29-2006, 02:41 PM   #8
Michael Rowley
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This stops the em dash bumping into the characters to either side

It does, but a thin space (em/6 or em/5?) may be a bit too much; some advocates careful spacing say that a hair space is enough, and should be omitted after certain letters. I don't like it, but in England the en-dash preceded and followed by a normal space is all the rage, both in papers , magazines, and books. Then you have the type designers that have shortened the em-dash somewhat and made sure that the side bearings are generous enough to avoid apparent touching of neighbouring letters (Carter, for instance, in Georgia).

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