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This is the ndash template, it looks like this " – ".

It works similarly to the HTML markup sequence " –". That is, a non-breaking space and a short dash (known as an en dash]]).

{{–}} and {{endash}} redirect here and can be used as alternative names for this template.

This template is used when you want something stronger than a bold middot "·" or a bullet "•", but shorter than a mdash "—". (An en dash is half the width of an em dash.)

Normal usage

The recommended usage is to use no space before the template and one space after the template, like this:

[[Wine]]{{ndash}} [[Marble]]

It will render one space on each side of the dash, like this:

WineMarble

If it line breaks then the line break will come after the dash, not before, like this:

Wine
Marble

For long dashed lists each list item can be put on its own line, with no spaces between each item and the template. Like this:

[[Wine]]{{ndash}}
[[Marble]]{{ndash}}
[[Crystal Glass]]{{ndash}}
[[Sulphur]]

(It doesn't matter if there are no or some spaces at the end of the lines, after the templates.)

As before it will render one space on each side of the dashes, like this:

WineMarbleCrystal GlassSulphur

And if it line breaks then the line break will come after one of the dashes, not before, like this:

WineMarble
Crystal GlassSulphur

Incorrect usage

If the template is used slightly wrong it will in some cases still behave well. For instance if there are no or several spaces after the template. Like these examples:

[[Wine]]{{ndash}}[[Marble]]
[[Crystal Glass]]{{ndash}}   [[Sulphur]]

Both of them will render exactly as before, with just one space on each side of the dash, like this:

WineMarble

And it will still only line break after the dash, like this:

Wine
Marble

But putting one or more spaces before the template will cause problems, like these examples:

[[Wine]] {{ndash}}[[Marble]]
[[Wine]]   {{ndash}}[[Marble]]
[[Wine]] {{ndash}} [[Marble]]
[[Wine]]   {{ndash}}   [[Marble]]

Then it will render with two spaces before the dash, and one after, like this:

Wine  – Marble

And if it line breaks it might break before the dash, like this:

Wine
 – Marble

Also, this template should not routinely be used in regular article text and certainly not where an em-dash would be more appropriate. As a rule, this template should not be used between clauses of a sentence.

Technical details

The space before the dash is a non-breaking space. That means it will not line break and will not collapse together with normal spaces that come before the template.

The space after the dash is a normal space. That means it wraps (allows line breaks) and it will collapse together with normal spaces that come after the template to form one single space.

Dot size reference list

· <small> middot
· middot
· <small> bold middot
· bold middot
<small> bullet
bullet
bold bullet
ndash
mdash

See also

There are several other templates with similar functionality:

  • {{·}} – Bold middot "·" is mostly used for dotted lists.
  • {{•}} – Bullet "•" is mostly used for dotted lists that use small font sizes.
  • {{mdash}} – Mdash "—" is an em dash, a longer dash.

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