English Orthography: Em-Dash vs Double-Hyphen

By Xah Lee. Date: .

Em-Dash vs Double-Hyphen

English orthography. Decided to replace all em-dash by just two hyphens.

here's before and after.

em-dash vs hyphen before 2023-07-18 em-dash vs hyphen after 2023-07-18
em-dash vs hyphen before 2023-07-18

reason is, basically to avoid complexity.

advantages using two-hyphen:

advantages using em-dash:

more reasons to avoid em-dash:

By the way, there are also proper symbols for hyphen, minus. They have slightly different thickness, width, positional height. Basically very confusing.

The minus sign we type from keyboard directly is called HYPHEN-MINUS in by Unicode.