On em and end dashes, and more

writing, punctuation, ligatures, typography

Keith Houston, of the Shady Characters blog, says farewell to 2012 with another link-littered post full of punctuative goodness. Miscellany No. 21 includes reference to Ralf Hermann’s “Typographic Myth Busting: What’s a Ligature”, Anyway?”:

Ligatures – simply put, two or more letters rendered as a single combined character, though Ralf can educate you further on the finer points of the definition – are one of those typographic flourishes that bring the page to life, and yet are often so subtle as to be virtually undetectable.

Merry Christmas.