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! – jub0bs 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
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    If you don't want to use a package just for this, [\dots\unkern] should work. – egreg Mar 15 '13 at 12:03

You can define your own macro for this:


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:


Here'a a minimal document:

\usepackage{csquotes} % necessary only for \textelp


A \somissis{} B

A \omissis{} B

A \textelp{} B


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The macro \dots is defined by LaTeX as

% latex.ltx, line 1807:

In text mode \textellipsis is used, which is

% latex.ltx, line 1784:

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

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