I got you there, I too didn’t know there were n and m dashes “–” and “—“.
Anyways, the process of using one of these in my life was something like this:
- Search Google for “mdash”
- Use my eye scanning techinque to find any dash which looks longer than usual
- CTRL–C, CTRL–V
- life goes on
Tired of this repetitive process, I decided to replace n/m dashe with hyphen (-), those looked unfamiliar and rather creepy ( -example-), so I changed my mind again and decided to use double hyphens (- -).
Surprise! WordPress turns automatically any 2 consecutive and uspaced hyphens into n-dashs and any 3 hyphens into m-dashs, like this see:
- 2 dashes: —
- 3 dashes: —
If you don’t like this behaviour, and your life depends on the hyphens remaining hyphens, you can use this small plugin:
<?php /* Plugin Name: Remove the wptexturize filter */ remove_filter( 'the_title' , 'wptexturize' ); remove_filter( 'the_content' , 'wptexturize' ); remove_filter( 'the_excerpt' , 'wptexturize' ); remove_filter( 'comment_text' , 'wptexturize' ); remove_filter( 'list_cats' , 'wptexturize' );
Name the file as you want but make sure you place it under the
wp-content/plugins directory and you enable the plugin in your awesome website dashboard.