Odd Spacing

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  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
    DzyMsLizzyposted 12 months ago

    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!

    1. OldRoses profile image97
      OldRosesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. Beth Eaglescliffe profile image98
        Beth Eaglescliffeposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Also the superscript on 400th is making a wider spacing between the lines. Edit the "th" so that it is no longer superscript.

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
          DzyMsLizzyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          I didn't make it superscript...WTH???

        2. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
          DzyMsLizzyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          NOW WTH???  I just tried clicking on the link I pasted for reference, to "open in new tab," and it came up "No page!!!"

          1. lobobrandon profile image92
            lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            The comma was included in the link, I had a page not found when I first clicked on it too. You have to remove the comma from the URL.

      2. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
        DzyMsLizzyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        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??

        1. Beth Eaglescliffe profile image98
          Beth Eaglescliffeposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Superscript is the default in Word when typing ordinal numbers.
          It's a pain in the ... It catches me out too! roll

        2. lobobrandon profile image92
          lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          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.

        3. Glenn Stok profile image98
          Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          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.

          1. Sherry Hewins profile image95
            Sherry Hewinsposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            I usually just do a web search for em dash, then copy and paste the character.

            1. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
              DzyMsLizzyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

              Hmmm...I wonder if I'd find it in the character map in the computer?

              Dang, not there, either.  sad

              1. Glenn Stok profile image98
                Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                What computer are you using?

                1. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
                  DzyMsLizzyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                  HP running Windows 10

                  1. Glenn Stok profile image98
                    Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                    On your Windows HP try Ctrl + Shift + Minus to get the em dash.

          2. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
            DzyMsLizzyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            Thanks--I'll try that!

            ...Nope--none of those worked.  sad

            1. chef-de-jour profile image99
              chef-de-jourposted 12 months agoin reply to this

              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.

              1. lobobrandon profile image92
                lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                — Cool

              2. Glenn Stok profile image98
                Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                That's true, but only works if you have a numeric keypad on your keyboard.

              3. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
                DzyMsLizzyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                Beauteous!  Thanks!

    2. Miebakagh57 profile image52
      Miebakagh57posted 12 months agoin reply to this

      I got a 404 that page does not exist response.  Incidently, a comma at the end of the link may cause the issue.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
        DzyMsLizzyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        So I learned, but I can't fix it  now; the edit function on that post has been locked out.

  2. AliciaC profile image98
    AliciaCposted 12 months ago

    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.

  3. theraggededge profile image98
    theraggededgeposted 12 months ago

    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 smile

    1. samanthacubbison profile image87
      samanthacubbisonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Since this comes up so often, I guess we should hire an editor whose sole job is to fix em dashes.

      1. theraggededge profile image98
        theraggededgeposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Great idea!

        Damn British keyboards! big_smile

        1. lobobrandon profile image92
          lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          I make sure my laptop has a number-pad before I order lol

          1. theraggededge profile image98
            theraggededgeposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            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 big_smile

            Actually I do have a USB numeric pad somewhere.

            1. lobobrandon profile image92
              lobobrandonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

              Hahaha

      2. Glenn Stok profile image98
        Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        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). smile

        It might be useful to mention that in the next weekly newsletter.

        1. samanthacubbison profile image87
          samanthacubbisonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          I'll do that next week!

          1. Glenn Stok profile image98
            Glenn Stokposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            Great! wink

          2. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
            DzyMsLizzyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            AHA!!  Did not know that.  Rarely use that tool...to the point that the icon is "invisible" to me...LOL

      3. DzyMsLizzy profile image94
        DzyMsLizzyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Or to stop being so blamed picky about it...!!!

 
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