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Where and/or why is a slanted hyphen used?

It's a feature of that particular font design. There is no distinction between a horizontal and slanted hyphen. Some fonts such as Adobe Garamond, Monotype Goudy, Goudy Old Style (URW), have a ...
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What is the convention to indicate "the same value as above"?

You can often just omit the rows entirely If you take a look at the viral gif sequence (below) you can see that the repetitions are just omitted and it makes a significant visual improvement to the ...
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What is the convention to indicate "the same value as above"?

You're looking for the ditto mark. There's a character specifically for this, U+3003 〃 in the Unicode CJK Symbols and Punctuation block, and you could also use a double prime, U+2033 ″ from the ...
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What’s the right character for a minus sign?

If you want a minus sign, use a minus sign. That's what it's for, after all. That being said—unless you are writing for a mathematical publication or in a similar context it probably won't go noticed ...
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What is the convention to indicate "the same value as above"?

In English a double quotation mark is often used as the symbol for ditto. I haven't seen two commas used for this. As far as I know, it should be the double quotation mark in English. Not sure about ...
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What letter is ム?

This is a katakana mu. Katakana is one of three Japanese scripts in use. It is used for loanwords, to convey a similar feel to ALL CAPS, or for onomatopoeia. Wikipedia article on the mu in both ...
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How do you make a multiplication sign in Illustrator?

× If you don't know how to use Glyphs panel, the quicker way is to google "multiplication sign" and you will get this character "×". Copy paste this character "×" into ...
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What are the origins of the commercial minus sign (⁒)?

Based on an answer in this thread, this minus sign was used in bookkeeping, because the - was already in use. After all the amounts were put in, they were checked twice. When the amount was correct, ...
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Why is an el­lip­sis represented by one single character rather than a sequence of kerned dots?

A Distinct Semantic Meaning The ellipsis (…) is a punctuation mark. It is as distinct as any other punctuation mark and, as does any other punctuation mark, has its own meaning and uses. An ellipsis ...
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Which slash is correct for ‘Old Money’

In predecimal currency notation in the UK, the symbol should be the solidus symbol, because the word "solidus" comes from the Latin name of a coin. Pounds shillings and pence were also ...
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Why is the numpad on a keyboard not designed to print typographically correct symbols?

Historical reasons only – plus a side dish of "backward compatibility". The original PC keyboards were very much 'typewriter-like'. Also, in the original ASCII set there were no 'fullwidth plus', '...
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Why is an el­lip­sis represented by one single character rather than a sequence of kerned dots?

could also be achieved by appropriate kerning instead? Typesetting conventions have been developed for over 500 years of letterpress printing. Using one character instead of manually kerning 3 metal ...
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What are the origins of the commercial minus sign (⁒)?

I did not know about it before, but after some good research, it seems like it is just an quicker/cursive based variant of the division sign in some old German books. These are just speculations based ...
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How do you make a multiplication sign in Illustrator?

I cheat.... Make a + in practically any font. Then using the Character Panel rotate it 45° Some typefaces work better than others. This often aids in the x remaining visually consistent with any ...
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Why do some fonts have em dash not equal to 1 em and an en dash not equal to 1 en

Font designers are free to do whatever they want for whatever reason they want. They do not have to follow rules and conventions if they do not want to. Why they would do so is a question you must ask ...
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How to use Indian currency symbol in HTML?

You can use decimal or hexadecimal values such as below. Make you your meta charset is correctly set (UTF-8 should do I guess) Decimal: ₹ Hexadecimal: ₹ CSS code: \20B9 ...
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When and why did spaces around an em dash originally appear?

Here is one reasoning I have read for the use of open em dashes (with spaces) instead of closed ones (without spaces). Some fonts have a very narrow em dash. The em dash was supposed to be used closed ...
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What is the technical term for a replacement character if a font does not have a representation

That would be .notdef, a name that comes from the official PostScript Type 1 specifications. CharStrings [...] This dictionary must have an entry whose key is .notdef. [...] All unused ...
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Change underline Text presets in Sketch

For text underlining, you can have: No underline Single underline Double underline It turns out there isn't any more granularity than that. To get something like your screenshot, your best bet is ...
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Can i publish a game with famous character heroes?

First of all: Deadpool is a Marvel character. It's their character, their story and they are building this up as a business for a very long time. I'm quite sure they will get very angry if you use the ...
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How to make a proper character design requisition?

You are looking for illustrators. Specifically, character designers. Find one you like (based on their portfolio, affordability, etc) and then they'll sit down with you and ask you the questions ...
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Is old Danish mark symbol found in Unicode?

The Nordic Mark Sign is U+20BB. The example is shown here: https://unicode-table.com/en/20BB/ Your example looks like a different design, perhaps depending on the font?? Or perhaps the Danish ...
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What’s the right character for an apostrophe?

I work in a research centre and we commonly use fairly large French and German corpora (fairly recent ones). In the French corpus the straight apostrophe ' appears at about 4 times the amount of the ...
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What is the difference between ∞ and ♾️?

The first is Infinity, the second is actually the 'permanent paper sign'. If you search in the Character viewer, then the initial result says 'infinity' but if you then open up the unicode, the name ...
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What are the origins of the commercial minus sign (⁒)?

Let me answer @elegant's question. I don't have enough reputation to answer there, so let me answer here: Context In the answer by @Pie Bie, Pie Bie says that people used the horizontal line symbol to ...
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Creating additional characters for an existing font?

If you are using a proprietary font then please check the EULA agreement that accompanies the font. Most proprietary fonts do not allow disassembly/modification of the font and this is usually ...
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Small capital H with dot under

The character doesn't (as far as I can see) exist in Unicode, it may very well exist as a character in a font though, so check through the small caps in your font first... Small caps are usually ...
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Is old Danish mark symbol found in Unicode?

The character is encoded in the private use area of the Medieval Unicode Font Initiative (MUFI) as  *U+F2F1 OLD FOURISH MARK SIGN (see the MUFI Character recomendation v4.0, pore specifically p.115 ...
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What is the technical term for a replacement character if a font does not have a representation

According to the Unicode standard it's known as a "Replacement Glyph" but technically it's a Glyph Failure. In practice, the □ codepoint is used as a Failure Glyph. The U+FFFD � REPLACEMENT ...
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