Ellipses

An ellipsis indicates omission and is also called a suspension point or, more commonly, dot-dot-dot. When the omitted words are within a sentence, use a three-dot ellipsis preceded and followed by a space. When the omission occurs at the end of a sentence, a fourth dot, a period, is added and the space at the beginning of the ellipsis is omitted.

A three-dot ellipsis is part of a standard font set (Alt+0133/Option+-). Because the dots of the ellipsis character are too tightly spaced, for best results create your own ellipsis with dots separated by a thin space (Cmd+Shift+Option+M/ Ctrl+Shift+Alt+M). A thin space is slightly less than a regular word space and is nonbreaking so that you won't get two dots at the end of one line and the third at the beginning of the next. Because this is fiddly and time consuming, it's handy to use Find/Change to automatically replace any other ellipsis forms with your custom ellipsis.

Figure 6.9. Ellipses. Example A: A three-dot ellipsis separated by thin spaces. Example B: A four-dot ellipsis at the end of a sentence. Example C: The ellipsis character. Example D: Three dots separated by a regular space width.

Figure 6.10. Without ellipsis (example A); and an omission within a sentence and at the end of a sentence (example B).

Figure 6.11. Using Find/Change to fix ellipses.


Part I: Character Formats

Getting Started

Going with the Flow

Character Reference

Getting the Lead Out

Kern, Baby, Kern

Sweating the Small Stuff: Special Characters, White Space, and Glyphs

OpenType: The New Frontier in Font Technology

Part II: Paragraph Formats

Aligning Your Type

Paragraph Indents and Spacing

First Impressions: Creating Great Opening Paragraphs

Dont Fear the Hyphen

Mastering Tabs and Tables

Part III: Styles

Stylin with Paragraph and Character Styles

Mo Style

Part IV: Page Layout

Setting Up Your Document

Everything in Its Right Place: Using Grids

Text Wraps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Type Effects



InDesign Type. Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
ISBN: 0321385446
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 186
Authors: Nigel French

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