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Disabling hyphen substitution in Adium

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

By default Adium replaces two hyphens with an em-dash in text you type or paste. This leads to subtly confusing behaviour when pasting commands:

foo --bar

becomes “foo —bar”, which can look very similar to foo --bar if your contact is using a terminal that supports variable-width glyphs for exotic character points.

It’s a quick fix: stop double-hyphens being transformed to a long dash by right clicking the Adium input field, and unticking Substitutions > Smart Dashes from the menu.