Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using hyphens and dashes, part of After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music.
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In our final movie, I would like to compare the difference between a hyphen and a…dash, and also the two different types of dashes.…Now we all know what a hyphen is, but a hyphen is not appropriate for everything.…Sometimes you need to use an en dash instead.…Let's say you want to indicate a range from this year to this year.…You wouldn't replace the word 'to' with just a hyphen.…Even if you were to add a space on both sides, it still doesn't look right; it's too short.…Instead, you would use an en dash and an en dash is Option+Hyphen on Mac or…Alt+Hyphen on Windows.…
The rule of thumb is that you should use a space on both sides of an en dash.…But you really have to watch the spacing, particularly when you are working with numbers.…For instance, the number 1 always has a little bit too much space to the left and right,…so you may need to kern the number one to get a good balance.…So when using an en dash, at least have a half a space on each side.…I usually like to tighten it up.…If you don't put any space at all, it usually looks too cramped, and it may even…
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