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R (Chandra) Chandrasekhar chyavana at
Fri Jan 13 13:56:58 EST 2012

On Saturday 14 January 2012 12:06 AM, Waylan Limberg wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM, R (Chandra) Chandrasekhar

> <chyavana at> wrote:

>> May I ask a supplementary question please: How are em-dashes and en-dashes

>> handled in Markdown?



> They aren't. You may want to check out

> [smartypants]( for

> that which was written by the same author.


> In fact, smartypants is a "filter" available on the Markdown Dingus

> (select "markdown", "smartypants" or "both").


I have just discovered, thanks to the wonder of Unix pipes, that this works:

markdown | ./ - > filename.html

where resides in the current working directory or in an
executable path.

The only problem as I see it is that three dashes produce a long dash
and a hyphen rather than an em-dash, although two dashes seem to work
well. But investigating that will have to wait for the morrow!

This is a very generous mailing list and my thanks to all who answered
so helpfully and promptly :-)


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