Getting Recursive

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Posted on July 17, 2004 10:35 PM in Web Development
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You ever feel like your life gets a little "recursive?" Sometimes I'm really excited to post about something on my blog, and then something else comes along and I end up having to store the previous thing in my head while I finish doing, examining or writing about the newer thing. At times, this recursion continues until I feel like I'm about 5 iterations deep (this might be shallow to a computer, but not to a human with my brain capacity!) and I'm about to pull my hair out. Well, that's happening now and I'm currently two iterations deep, so expect another post soon after this one.

I just happened to check the validation of my website tonight, and stumbled upon the fact that – is not a valid means of denoting an en dash (and subsequently, — is not valid for denoting an em dash) in XHTML. So while I've been going "the extra mile" to try and create a dash that writers would agree with and that web standards advocates would as well, I've been wrong the whole time.

I'm scared to even look back through my previous entries and replace all these "mistakes," since there are doubtless many to be found. I do feel good about learning something new, though. A List Apart taught me when and how en and em dashes are meant to be used (turns out I've been using the wrong one all along anyway), and a site the validator recommended I take a look at, taught me that I need to start using – for en dashes (which I will no longer use) and — for em dashes (which I mean to use all the time).

Knowing is half the battle.


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