A new article I just published has turned up with some odd spacing. In this article, https://hubpages.com/travel/Visiting-th … -Cape-Cod, the paragraph headed, "How Do You Get To The Top?" has a paragraph-style break in the middle of a sentence.
" You can also look down and view Provincetown Harbor, which is the site of the actual docking of the Mayflower
fourcenturies ago. In fact, 2020, the year of this article, is the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims' landing."
The break doesn't break the line, as I've had to do here, for illustrative purposes, but it does come in that spot in the text. There are two line spaces in the middle of that sentence, and no matter how many times I've tried to fix it, it won't go away. Help!
Put a space between four and centuries. That should fix it. Right now, Hubpages is reading it as one long word that doesn't fit in the line above.
Also the superscript on 400th is making a wider spacing between the lines. Edit the "th" so that it is no longer superscript.
NOW WTH??? I just tried clicking on the link I pasted for reference, to "open in new tab," and it came up "No page!!!"
Okay--the lack of a space was a typo I didn't catch: thank you. However, that did not fix the issue. I had to go with Beth's suggestion about the superscript (I did not choose superscript), and that is what finally fixed it.
I don't understand how that happens. I wrote it normally--why would it shift to superscript unbidden????!!!
I have similar problems using dashes--there is NO "em" dash anywhere on the keyboard--it is necessary to use a pair of "en" dashes...which invariably triggers the auto-edit function to change it, often along with an advisory to not use "en" dashes...Well, it can't be helped! So WTH??
Superscript is the default in Word when typing ordinal numbers.
It's a pain in the ... It catches me out too!
It's most likely a word issue as Beth says, but it could also be Hubpages editbot? If that's still a thing I can see it making such a change. About the dash, well I wonder about it at times, too.
Lizzy, I see you solved you spacing issue. But to answer your question about typing the em dash, some computers let you type an em dash by holding down the hyphen (-) key.
While holding it, a pop up should appear with the options of the en dash (–) and em dash (—). Then just press the em dash.
If that doesn’t work, you can also try pressing alt + shift + dash simultaneously. On some computers press option + shift + dash simultaneously.
I usually just do a web search for em dash, then copy and paste the character.
Hmmm...I wonder if I'd find it in the character map in the computer?
Dang, not there, either.
Thanks--I'll try that!
...Nope--none of those worked.
You want en em dash? I use ALT 0151 — hold down ALT, type in the numbers then let go of ALT and the em dash magically appears.
I got a 404 that page does not exist response. Incidently, a comma at the end of the link may cause the issue.
I haven't had your problem, but your post reminded me of a situation that I experienced yesterday. The article that I was editing suddenly showed multiple underlined words. I didn't add the underlining, and fortunately when I removed it it didn't return. I hope your problem is solved soon.
None of those suggestions work for me, unless I copy and paste one from somewhere else. No numeric keypad, Alt/Ctrl shift hyphen doesn't work. I don't have an Options key.
I generally do a double hyphen and my writing software fixes it... or a nice editor will get to it eventually
Since this comes up so often, I guess we should hire an editor whose sole job is to fix em dashes.
I make sure my laptop has a number-pad before I order
Oh... mine is gorgeous and tiny. And aluminium. Wouldn't swap it. And 360 deg. Four years old and fast as anything. My one complaint is that all the letters are disappearing... so even if I had an em-dash, I wouldn't be able to find it
Actually I do have a USB numeric pad somewhere.
There is really a solution that works for everyone. HubPages already includes the em dash in the HubTool. Just click the Ω icon when editing to insert special characters and select the em dash. (Problem solved).
It might be useful to mention that in the next weekly newsletter.
Or to stop being so blamed picky about it...!!!
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