Dan Franklin wrote:
>At the beginning of the 20th century, compositors were obviously
>expected to 'correct copy', that is, fix misspellings, supply
>appropriate punctuation, etc. The manuals of that era tell us that.
>Nowadays, with all the wonderful tools we have at hand, the skill and
>expertise of the average 'operator' or 'page builder,' as they call
>us now, are fairly low.
I still do this, but I've noticed a lot of people I've worked with
didn't bother. Either they didn't know the rules, or didn't care, or
thought it was the copywriter's jobs to check spelling and punctuation.
>Well, I've used six ersatz em dashes, and I never allow myself to
>exceed half a dozen.
Those were ersatz en dashes ;-) Ersatz em dashes are written---like
this, as you would imagine---that's the way TeX does it anyway ;-)