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answered 2012-10-28 06:52:19 +0100

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Sorry I messed up the attempt to make a corrective comment to my answer. Here the correction - and I hope not save mistake happens again.

Orignal answer: actually there should be space between figures and a hyphen/dash/en-dash when you write a text in writer. (mathematical formulas in Calc are different!!!)

Thus when you type: "2 space hyphen space 3 space" the hyphen (short) changes to the en-dash (longer) The "space" after the "3" triggers writer to change the hyphen to the en-dash.

Corrective comment i need to apologize because me answer above contains an error. My statement "actually there should be space between figures and a hyphen/dash/en-dash when you write a text in writer." is wrong. Between to numbers, indicating a range from a to b there should be no space before and after the en dash.

Best to read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dash and note there under "Em dash" the paragraph "According to most American sources (such as The Chicago Manual of Style) and some British sources (such as The Oxford Guide to Style), an em dash should always be set closed, meaning it should not be surrounded by spaces. But the practice in some parts of the English-speaking world, including the style recommended by The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, sets it open, separating it from its surrounding words by using spaces or hair spaces (U+200A) when it is being used parenthetically. Some writers, finding the em dash unappealingly long, prefer to use an open-set en dash. This "space, en dash, space" sequence is also the predominant style in German and French typography. See En dash versus em dash below."

Sorry I messed up the attempt to make a corrective comment to my answer. Here the correction - and I hope not save mistake happens again.

Orignal answer: answer:

actually there should be space between figures and a hyphen/dash/en-dash when you write a text in writer. (mathematical formulas in Calc are different!!!)

Thus when you type: "2 space hyphen space 3 space" the hyphen (short) changes to the en-dash (longer) The "space" after the "3" triggers writer to change the hyphen to the en-dash.

Corrective comment comment:

i need to apologize because me answer above contains an error. My statement "actually there should be space between figures and a hyphen/dash/en-dash when you write a text in writer." is wrong. Between to numbers, indicating a range from a to b there should be no space before and after the en dash.

Best to read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dash and note there under "Em dash" the paragraph "According to most American sources (such as The Chicago Manual of Style) and some British sources (such as The Oxford Guide to Style), an em dash should always be set closed, meaning it should not be surrounded by spaces. But the practice in some parts of the English-speaking world, including the style recommended by The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, sets it open, separating it from its surrounding words by using spaces or hair spaces (U+200A) when it is being used parenthetically. Some writers, finding the em dash unappealingly long, prefer to use an open-set en dash. This "space, en dash, space" sequence is also the predominant style in German and French typography. See En dash versus em dash below."