# Punctuation

The characters between words, which convey meaning that words cannot. In English, they can include:

It is common to approximate punctuation with a similar character because the real character is not available on the writer's keyboard. Some approximations I see:

Approximation Real
Dash -
Quotation (English) "" “”
Foot or Prime mark '
Inch mark "
Multiplication x or * ×
Division / ÷

But such approximations of punctuation are ugly, even problematic. Consider these two examples:

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
‐ Oscar Wilde

The same example again with real punctuation:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde

Foot and prime marks can be especially problematic.

• "She’s 6' 10"."
• “She’s 6′ 10″.”

In particular, approximating Mathematics or Finance characters is frequently confusing. Multiplication × with the letter x is problematic because in maths x can refer to a graph axis as well as an algebraic value.