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The amount of space between the things on either side of a dash should be much greater than between things separated by a hyphen. Using a proper em dash in a proportionally-spaced font will achieve this correct spacing without need for any additional space. When it is not possible to use a proper em dash, there are two conventions in use--either use two ...


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There is no rationale to the best of my knowledge. It's a convention — one that's different in different places. For example in the UK it's much more common to see spaces or thin-spaces around em-dashes, or a spaced en-dash used instead of the closed em-dash. Long discussion on variations and what different style guides say at ...


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It's a well established recommendation for publications containing masses of continuous text to use hyphenation. Nope. It's a well established recommendation for publications on paper containing masses of continuous text to use hyphenation. Even on paper you will find a bunch of style guides that recommend against it. Remember that the one of the ...


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No. Any alteration in the regular text is going to emphasize it. Even if you reduce the size of the font, it is going to grab the user's attention because it is just different. I am not convinced that the use of italics here is to deemphasize. When you look at "Yesterday at 2:00:00 PM - Today at 1:00:00 PM" - that doesn't tell you the duration. It tells you ...


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I was wondering where and how in the app should I explain what the app does You put that in the description of the app store, not the app itself. If the user has installed the app they know what it does. The Facebook app doesn't have a "what's Facebook" section, or a "what do you use Facebook for" section. and what the output means? Ideally, you ...


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I'm going to go ahead and suggest diminishing returns may be a reason not to force people to register. Unless there is an underlying monetary business model that you cannot get away from, and even if that is the case there are reasons for loss leading, say an answer forum, giving away the first answer and blurring subsequent searches. Back to the original ...


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A disclaimer first: I'm firmly in the camp of people that believes we should write labels, buttons, headings and other UI elements the same way we would write a sentence. This means "Sentence case", as opposed to "Title Case". Having said that, I'd write it like this: You must enter an agency name if an agency state has been selected. Please enter an ...



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