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I really, really hope nobody uses a single - when they mean a dash. (Hard to tell in a fixed-pitch font-- in fact I consistently code — even though I could easily use the dash character.) That is, I wish they wouldn't, but I know many people do. If you absolutely must use the hyphen character, at least use a pair of them.
[edited by: TheOptimizationIdiot at 2:02 am (utc) on Apr 16, 2013]
You can use — or —.
EDIT: Not when the character itself is treated the same; does anyone have evidence that encoding the characters in titles is handled/understood better by G?
Most seem to think this or that but where are the test results?
By about the same I mean I didn't see any difference in rankings from "normal / non-encoded" to "obscure / encoded" when I tested different title "phrase separators" a couple years ago.
Is it okay to use an &ndash? Or a hyphen such as -
I'm trying to understand why &mdash should be used?
Also, if &mdash is used, should there be space between the word before the &mdash and the &mdash, and the word after the &mdash and the &mdash?
I'd say getting this right or wrong will make about 0.00000001% difference to your rankings
should I use a hyphen or an &ndash? I don't think that an &mdash should be used here. If you think that it should be, can you tell me. When using an &mdash, should there be a space between the &mdash and the letter on the left and right of it?