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Working with special characters in QuarkXPress 8 is a whole lot easier than it was in previous versions. Invisible characters are easier to work with, the Glyphs palette opens a whole new world in fonts and you can control ligatures and places you couldn't before. Let's start off with invisible characters. I'm going to zoom in to this little story here and turn on the invisible characters. So, that's View > Invisibles or Command+I or Ctrl+I in Windows. Now we see little dots that indicate spaces between words. We see paragraph returns and I'll just put a Tab in here so that you can see a Tab character as well.
Not only is seeing the invisible character is a lot easier, you can also add the invisible characters a lot more readily. Under the Utilities menu is a new thing called Insert Character. You can insert special characters or special non-breaking characters. They're basically the same as the other ones, except they don't break at the end of a line. So, here under Special, look at the options. You've got Em spaces and En spaces, all these different space widths that are useful in specific circumstances. You've got hyphens and dashes that can help you out. The En Dash is a little bit longer than a standard dash and used for when numbers are set next to each other, 5-7.
Use an Em Dash in place of what you might otherwise put two hyphens for, something to separate clauses. There's a regular hyphen, like the one on your keyboard, and a Discretionary Hyphen that you can insert either inside a word to tell XPress hey, break this word here if it has to break at the end of the line, or you can insert this in front of a word to tell XPress don't break this word. There is the Indent Here character, which is most easily shown by simply putting one in here. It tells the paragraph to wrap at that position all the way down for the rest of the lines in the paragraph.
Going back to the Utilities menu to Insert Character > Special, we also have the Discretionary New Line, the Right Indent Tab and the Box Page # characters that you can use to create automatic page numbers and continuation lines. So that's the easiest way to get to those invisible characters that used to require complicated sort of hidden keyboard commands to get to.
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