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Now you know you are a typography geek when you can tell the difference between a standard ellipsis, and an ellipsis that has been custom created by using thin spaces. And that's what we're going to be talking about in this movie, so we're really drilling down to the micro level of typography. But this stuff is important, this is the kind of stuff that is going to elevate your work above the work of everyone else's. And we see three different approaches to the ellipsis. The ellipsis being three dots to signify, typically, the omission of some information, or a pause in the thought. And there is also a four dot ellipsis where something might trail of at the end of the sentence, and you add a forth dot to signify the end of the sentence.
You may want to clarify usage, usage does very so refer to whatever style manual you are using, but typographically we have three different approaches and starting out at the top, we can separate these dots with thin spaces --Command+Option+Shift+M is the keyboard shortcut--or we can use the ellipsis character, which is three dots made into a single character or, and not so good, the third option, we can just type three dots. Now the problem with the three dots is they look too close together. The problem with the ellipsis character--which incidentally we can get by holding down Option and pressing semicolon, we can also right-click and come to Insert Special Character and Symbols right there Ellipsis.
The problem with the ellipsis character is that perhaps there's just not quite enough air between the dots. So if we want to customize our ellipsis then we need to use thin spaces. Now if I turn on my Guides by pressing W, you can see we have the hidden character, I also have my Hidden Characters turned on, the Hidden Character indicating the use of a thin space. In order to get this, thin space, thin space, thin space, and another thin space.
And of course, you wouldn't want to have to do that repeatedly, that would be a very, very tedious, so if you do need to switch one type of ellipsis to a custom ellipsis you can do that with Find/Change. The best route really, is to get one right, copy it, and then go into Find/Change. And let's say we're looking for three dots, and we want to replace it with, and I'm now just going to paste what I copied from the layout into the Change to field. So that's a way you can automate what would otherwise be a very tedious and laborious process.
But make sure whichever of these first two styles you go for that you are consistent throughout your document.
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