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I would love if the Stack Exchange implementation of Markdown converted the character sequence

-- (two minus signs or dashes, when not part of a larger sequence of dashes)

to

— (—).

The way text looks--with two dashes--is just so much less polished than when you use a proper em-dash.

Contrast with:

The way text looks—with two dashes—is just so much less polished than when you use a proper em-dash.

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    Hmmm. Two-dashes in en-dash (–). Three is em-dash (—). Otherwise, TeX.SE will organize a rebellion. - – — – - – derobert Jul 9 '13 at 16:00
  • I could not care one iota less about TeX, even if I tried. And there is no need for an n-dash :-) but anything that is uniform and documented in Markdown would be an improvement. – SAJ14SAJ Jul 9 '13 at 16:26
  • But... without an en-dash, how would you write a range of dates (1982–83) or page numbers (p. 23–25)? – derobert Jul 9 '13 at 17:22
  • A plain dash suffices, 2-3, doncha know. – SAJ14SAJ Jul 9 '13 at 17:22

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