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Create keyboard shortcuts for 'dotted' menu items
Authored by: d00d on Oct 12, '04 12:12:56PM

I actually find it fairly surprising that to this day that this tip is still necessary. The ellipse has been a standard part of the Mac character set for as long as I can remember. In fact, if you type three periods in a row in Word (any version with auto-correct), it will substitute the ellipse.



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Create keyboard shortcuts for 'dotted' menu items
Authored by: raider on Oct 12, '04 02:45:26PM

Of course, there are people who never would have even guessed that. I am a switcher since OSX 10.0.4. I never knew this existed until now, and why would I - until I ran into something like this? How would I know that ... was not the same as ... ?



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Create keyboard shortcuts for 'dotted' menu items
Authored by: d00d on Oct 18, '04 12:18:14PM

Well, to be honest, anybody that writes anything of any consequence (even in high school) should be aware of the ellipsis (my bad on misspelling it).



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Create keyboard shortcuts for 'dotted' menu items
Authored by: Frederico on Oct 16, '04 12:44:48AM

Actually, depending on the version of Office, even the auto-corrected ellipsis will not actually behave as expected. Try this: start a new line in Word or Entourage with three periods in a row, followed by a space, then type any word using lowercase characters

Notice how the first letter of the word following the ellipsis is auto-capitalized (assuming you have this auto-correct feature enabled too)?

Now repeat the process, instead using a proper ellipsis using Option-semicolon; notice how it does *not* auto-capitalize the first character of the word following the space, which is typographically correct.

In short, a period is a period, wether it comes in ones or threes or otherwise; an ellipsis is an ellipsis, and most good word processors know it, including the Mac OS and Keyboard Shortcuts.



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