How to Type a Contraction Apostrophe on a Mac

Apostrophe 700 v1If there’s a single punctuation mark that makes graphic artists and writers around the world look stupid so often, and at no real fault of their own, other than know-how, it’s this one.

They’ve simply trusted their word processors to do the right thing. So here’s the golden rule of word processing: Continue reading

How to Type an Em Dash on a Mac

Dash v1There are three grammatical tools that every writer should master to look like a pro. These are the dash, apostrophe, and ellipsis.

In this series of quick articles, I’m not going to talk about their syntactic use: rather how to produce them using your everyday word processing software on a Mac—my choice since I began dabbling in graphics years ago. Continue reading