I’m not sure if I keep lapsing or continually confused or both about special keyboard characters — particularly where to place them. I wasn’t even sure about writing this until EzineArticles published a great piece titled The Dash – The Tool for Informal Authors. ‘…creating a true dash (–) just isn’t possible. To appease dash purists – if it’s not possible to create a long dash – two hyphens side-by-side will suffice…’
I know that editors are generally tolerant of special characters in informal pieces. But how could we be sure that a formal article we submited was rejected and our name blacklisted just because of a dumb special character error? Do you know a severe or ‘extreme’ editor like that?