[bksvol-discuss] Re: long dashes.

Well, you've convinced me. smile Unless bookshare
compains, I'll convert em dashes to double-hyphens
instead of vice versa.

Question: in Braille, is the dash used for the em dash
surrounded by a space, as between regular words and as
opposed to a hyphen which has no space between it and
the words on either side? Example:  - 
Or do the spaces not appear? Could you replace
spacedashspace with double dashes without spaces?

Cindy
--- Mayrie ReNae <mrenae@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi Cindy,
> 
>          The problem is that there aren't any em
> dashes in the brf 
> files, so you can't convert them to anything.  They
> aren't 
> there.  All braille readers see where there is
> supposed to be an em 
> dash, otherwise referred to as a long dash, is a
> single hyphen.  If 
> you want a braille reader to see an em dash, you
> need to convert it 
> to two hyphens side by side.  And when reading with
> speech, the 
> double hyphens present no differently than an em
> dash.  In my 
> opinion, everybody wins with double hyphens.  And
> I'm sure that you 
> remember that when we had to use type writers, the
> double hyphen is 
> how we had to represent the em dash.
> 
>          There is the argument that says not to
> deviate from the 
> printed text.  For the most part, I agree with this 
> whole-heartedly.  Not in this instance. Can you, as
> a sighted reader, 
> easily distinguish between two hyphens side by side 
> And the em 
> dash?  Would the difference lessen your
> understanding of the book, or 
> your pleasure?  There is a world of difference
> between a hyphen, 
> which is all the braille readers see when the em
> dash is used, and 
> the long dash that they see when two hyphens are
> used.  The 
> difference does indeed make a difference in the
> interpretation of the 
> text.  And I certainly don't want children to read
> books and think 
> that an em dash is represented by a hyphen and try
> to use that in 
> their own writing, not when I can keep the confusion
> from 
> happening.  Okay, I'm done soap boxing.   because we
> are all free to 
> choose, I respect whatever choices people make.
> 
> Peace,
> Mayrie
> 
> At 01:31 PM 3/6/2008, you wrote:
> >Can em dashes be converted to double dashes for
> your
> >reading pleasure after you've downloaded a book? As
> a
> >validator I've been converted all double dashes and
> >single dashes that aren't hyphens to em dashes.
> Quite
> >a few books already have em dashes appropriately,
> >lately.
> >
> >G. Cindy
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