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I think when Matt says that he knows they handle dashes well he might be over thinking the question a bit because at one time there was a long-running debate between use of dashes and underscores.
But, but, but :: splutter :: a pipe and a dash are utterly different things.
[edited by: TheOptimizationIdiot at 9:14 pm (utc) on Apr 13, 2013]
And, technically, the correct separator rather than - would be – or — not a -
have you ever noticed the trailing : on the forum index page title here?
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.
Look at the html. There's a trailing space after the colon.
So then the answer would be that the | is clearly for a user sake, rather than actually separating keywords and phrases in a Search Engine's eyes?
via CSS with way less HTML
I have, and if you were going to "define" what "Google SEO News and Discussion" is, then
That is not the only thing a colon is used for.
forum: subforum: thread for example.
dash is just a word for the symbol, it's also a hyphen
I don't encode if validation doesn't require it.