how to make a tabular with dashes in miktex 2?

how to make a tabular with dashes in miktex 2?

Post by NaxL » Wed, 13 Feb 2002 18:06:59

how can i insert text within a visible box made with dashes? THX!

how to make a tabular with dashes in miktex 2?

Post by Robin Fairbair » Wed, 13 Feb 2002 18:48:19

>how can i insert text within a visible box made with dashes? THX!

you type it in the box command's arguments.

for example, in the picture environment:

  \dashbox{1}(50,50){here we are again}
Robin Fairbairns, Cambridge -- rf10 at cam dot ac dot uk


1. em-dash, 3/4 em-dash, en-dash query

This question will probably be of most interest to European readers:

Perhaps it isn't worth bothering with, but I'm curious.  In the United
States, the em-dash (---), without surrounding spaces, is widely used
and is recommended by, e.g., The University of Chicago Press (_A Style
Manual_).  In the U.K.  and, at least, the Scandinavian countries,
however, the en-dash, with surrounding spaces, is the norm.  (There are
a few exceptions:  Oxford University Press, in books published in 1909,
1939 and 1961, uses the em-dash without surrounding spaces.  A few
Norwegian books I have use the em-dash or the 3/4 em-dash with
surrounding spaces.)  Here in Canada, there is no standard practice, as
far as I know.  Of two books pulled at random from my bookshelf
published by McClelland and Stewart (one of our major publishers), one
has the en-dash with spaces and the other has the em-dash without
spaces.  For a novel written by my wife and published last year, the
publishers used an em-dash with surrounding spaces.  I don't know what
common practice is in, e.g., France, Germany or Spain, but would be
interested in learning about these countries' usages.

To my typographically untrained eyes, neither the em-dash without
surrounding spaces nor the en-dash with spaces is ideal.  The former
is simply ugly (jamming too much together), and the latter is not
distinctive enough.  A reasonable compromise would seem to be the
3/4 em-dash with surrounding spaces.  Is there anyone who uses such
a character in tex or latex?  I would appreciate a reply showing
me how to do it.  A possible approximation is $-$, but I don't
know enough to get equal spacing on both sides when setting this
up as: \def\em{$-$}.  (A colleague here tells me that in latex,
I must always put a \(space) after the \em when using it.  Is
there a way around this?)

Many thanks,

Chet Creider

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