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Topic: A typesetting question.
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James Waldby

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Re: A typesetting question.
Posted: Feb 17, 2013 2:14 PM
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On Sun, 17 Feb 2013 15:02:39 +0000, Frederick Williams wrote:

> In something like "Church-Turing thesis", what is that "-"?
> Specifically, am I right in thinking that in TeX is should be "--" and
> not "-"? If Church-Turing was one person with a hyphenated surname,
> then it would be"-", right?

Yes, although some sources say differently, according to wikipedia at

A "simple" attributive compound is written with a hyphen; at least one
authority considers name pairs, where the paired elements carry equal
weight, as in the Taft-Hartley Act to be "simple",[11] while others
consider an en dash appropriate in instances such as this[14][15][16]
to represent the parallel relationship, as in the McCain?Feingold bill
or Bose?Einstein statistics. However, truly compound names are written
with a hyphen, thus the Lennard-Jones potential is named after one
person, while Bose and Einstein are two people.

has a table showing latex -, $-$, --, --- for dash, minus, en-dash, and
em-dash, respectively


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