The problem came up in a braille guide word for an index. In print, it was “conflict–connotation”, so the ‘con’ contraction from the second word follows a dash. In the Instructional Manual for Braille Transcribing, Section 7.5c, I see that the ‘con’ contraction cannot follow a dash, though it can follow other punctuation. I mentioned this to the proofreader, who told me there was no conflict using the dash next to the ‘con’ contraction. Hence my confusion.
I couldn’t find any prohibition on using “con” following dash in the circumstances you describe. That lesson does not mention the dash at all. It does say that “con” cannot be used when preceded AND followed by punctuation, not the case you describe. I think the “con” can be used following the dash in guide words.
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