[OS X TeX] [OT] OS X 10.3.3 strange text (dash) behavior

Mark Moll mmoll at rice.edu
Sun Apr 18 18:32:04 EDT 2004

It appears to be a feature of the Helvetica font. To be precise, 
"/System Folder/Fonts/Helvetica". The Helvetica font in 
"/System/Library/Fonts/Helvetica.dfont" does not have this feature. You 
can disable the first one and enable the second with FontBook.app.

On Apr 18, 2004, at 15:50, Fredrik Wallenberg wrote:
> Has anyone else had problems with several applications having "smart 
> features" when it comes to dashes. I see it in Mail, TexShop, 
> OmniOutliner and TextEdit, so I assume it is a system wide "feature". 
> There are two features... two repeated dashes gets converted to an 
> em-dash. A single dash is left alone (surrounded by space) is 
> converted to an en-dash.
> To understand what I'm staying, just open one of the apps above and 
> type the following (without the '):
> This is an '-' en-dash ( - )
> This is an '-''-' em-dash (--)
> While this would be wonderful behavior if I was using WYSIWYG editing 
> it is not very helpful for me. How do I get rid of it?

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