# Dedicated symbol for […] in quotations?

I would like to use [...] in quotations to indicate a part which was not included. Just entering [...] does not render it perfectly in my opinion. Is there a special way of inputing said symbol? Thanks.

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The csquotes package provides \textelp{} for this. –  cgnieder Mar 15 '13 at 11:11
what about using [\dots]? –  Guido Mar 15 '13 at 11:12
Welcome to TeX.sx! –  Jubobs Mar 15 '13 at 11:15
@Guido [\dots] has uneven spacing which is easily spotted if you compare: \documentclass{article}\usepackage{csquotes}\begin{document}[\dots] \textelp{}\end{document} –  cgnieder Mar 15 '13 at 11:17
If you don't want to use a package just for this, [\dots\unkern] should work. –  egreg Mar 15 '13 at 12:03

## 1 Answer

You can define your own macro for this:

\newcommand{\omissis}{[\dots\unkern]}


or use the \textelp{} macro from csquotes.

Note that \textelp is a macro taking an argument, so the {} after it is mandatory in order to get [...].

A different possibility is to add the kerning also in front of the dots:

\newcommand{\somissis}{[\,\dots]}


Here'a a minimal document:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{csquotes} % necessary only for \textelp

\newcommand{\omissis}{[\dots\unkern]}
\newcommand{\somissis}{[\kern\fontdimen3\font\dots]}

\begin{document}
A \somissis{} B

A \omissis{} B

A \textelp{} B

\end{document}


The macro \dots is defined by LaTeX as

% latex.ltx, line 1807:
\DeclareRobustCommand{\dots}{%
\ifmmode\mathellipsis\else\textellipsis\fi}


In text mode \textellipsis is used, which is

% latex.ltx, line 1784:
\DeclareTextCommandDefault{\textellipsis}{%
.\kern\fontdimen3\font
.\kern\fontdimen3\font
.\kern\fontdimen3\font}


Here \fontdimen3\font is the stretch component of the normal interword space (why this has been chosen would be matter for a debate). The final kerning is responsible for the uneven space; it's desirable in normal text, but not before the closing bracket, so \omissis removes it.

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+1, could you explain where the uneven spacing comes from? –  doncherry Mar 15 '13 at 14:20
Thanks. Perfect answer :)! –  Ynv Mar 16 '13 at 16:34