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28 September 2005 @ 03:20 pm
 
I just used a semicolon in a work email; I hope I used it correctly.
 
 
 
davidg666 on September 28th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
Excellent! The game of punctuation is a fun one; others, of course, take it quite seriously. And now I'm getting annoyed; I can't get the LJ comment editor to let me put in an em dash; if I try inserting the &emdash; HTML entity name it gets nicely escaped. I'm sure there's a clever trick.
a very caring potatomollydot on September 28th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
Odd. I use ampersands for < & > no probs.

Hmm... they've changed the way things are done. You no longer need &gt; for >. And & on its own is ok too.
a very caring potatomollydot on September 28th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
There you go — &#151;
a very caring potatomollydot on September 28th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
Ahhh... it's &mdash;


Right. Work.
davidg666 on September 29th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
Well my original problem was the — didn't do what I wanted; the LJ editor was doing what it though was right and nicely escapingthe ampersand (at least) in my comment
davidg666 on September 29th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
Very very weird - that just worked! In my original remark I typed ampersand-ee-em-dee-ay-ess-aitch-semicolon and out came just that; just now, I typed exactly the same got a nice em dash — bizarre! Sorry for deviating from your semicolon business so far!
davidg666 on September 29th, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC)
Further aha: as you pointed out yesterday, the HTML entity name is mdash, not emdash, as I originally tried. I'm a little slow today...
a very caring potato: just keep swimmingmollydot on September 29th, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC)
No worries.

And I've since discovered you do need to escape the < and > in certain circumstances (when it could be a tag).