Straight Lines

June 2, 2017

There are a ton of straight lines commonly seen in English text.

  • - the hyphen, used to join breaks within words or compound words
  • - the en-dash, used for spans of numbers or compound adjectives
  • - the em-dash, used in place of colons, commas, and parentheses
  • _ - the underscore, originally used to underline words by typewriters
  • | - the vertical bar of many uses.

This doesn’t even include the dozens of singular lines available in Unicode.